Approximately 80% of older adults have at least one chronic condition,1 and over two-thirds have two or more. [2] Chronic conditions account for 7 of the top 10 causes of death in the United States [3] and 95% of all health care costs for older adults. [2] Chronic disease self-management education interventions, such as Stanford University’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP), [4] are an effective approach to help people with chronic conditions manage their health and improve their quality of life. [5] Research has shown that CDSMP significantly increases patient’s self-efficacy and communication with their health care providers, improves self-reported health outcomes, and reduces health care utilization. [6]


Evidence-based chronic disease CDSME programs have been disseminated widely throughout the United States, reaching more than 300,000 participants since 2006. Stanford’s suite of CDSME programs consists of six interactive workshop sessions held once a week over a period of six weeks. Workshop completion is defined as attending at least four of the six sessions.

There are a number of factors that influence whether or not a participant becomes a “completer.” Gathering research findings and lessons learned from the field, the National CDSME Resource Center has developed a list of tips to support organizations with their efforts to increase the number of participants who successfully complete a CDSME workshop.

For the full report from the National Council on Aging, click the link below.

Increasing Completion of CDSME Workshops