Stanford Self-Management Programs

In these evidence-based workshops developed by Stanford University’s Patient Education Research Center, participants are supported as they develop skills needed in the day-to-day management of chronic health conditions. Participants meet in community settings for 2.5 hours for six highly interactive weekly sessions that focus on sharing experiences and skills-building. The workshops are facilitated by trained Peer Leaders or Master Trainers in pairs, one or both of whom is living with a chronic health condition. Stanford Self-Management programs are designed to complement and enhance traditional clinical treatment and disease specific education programs.

 

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)

The CDSMP is a workshop where people with different chronic conditions attend together and develop the skills needed in the day-to-day management of their conditions with a goal of maintaining and/or increasing life’s activities. The curriculum supports self-managed behavior modification and coping strategies to enable participants to better manage their health condition(s), medications, and increase physical activity levels.

Tomando Control de su Salud (Spanish CDSMP)

This is the Spanish version of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program that was designed in Spanish for Spanish- speakers. Although very similar in content, the program is not a direct linguistic translation of the CDSMP although topics are similar. The curriculum supports self-managed behavior modification and coping strategies to enable participants to better manage their health condition(s), medications, and increase physical activity levels.

Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP)

The Diabetes Self-Management Program is a 6-week workshop for people with type 2 diabetes. It teaches the skills needed in the day-to-day management of diabetes and to maintain and/or increase life’s activities. This workshop supports participants in developing the skills needed in the day-to-day management of type 2 diabetes. The curriculum supports self-managed behavior modification and coping strategies to enable participants to manage their type 2 diabetes, food choices, medications, and increase physical activity levels.

Programa de Manejo Personal de la Diabetes (Spanish DSMP)

Although very similar in content, Programa de Manejo Personal de la Diabetes is not a direct linquistic translation of the DSMP; topics are similar. This workshop supports Spanish-speaking participants in developing the skills needed in the day-to-day management of type 2 diabetes in order to maintain and/or increase life’s activities. The curriculum supports self-managed behavior modification and coping strategies to enable participants to manage their type 2 diabetes, food choices, medications, and increase physical activity levels.

Positive Self-Management Program for HIV (PSMP)

The PSMP workshop supports participants in developing the skills needed in the day-to-day management of HIV in order to maintain and/or increase life’s activities. Subjects covered during the small group meetings include: how to best integrate medication regimens into daily life, techniques for dealing with difficult emotions, exercise, nutrition, communication skills, evaluating symptoms and treatments. The curriculum teaches self-managed behavior modification and coping strategies to enable participants living with HIV to manage their condition, medications, emotions, and increase physical activity levels.

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP)

This 6-week workshop was adapted, expanded, and evaluated by colleagues of the Stanford Patient Education Research Center in Canada, with close collaboration. It is designed for individuals who experience chronic pain of any type. The CPSMP workshop was developed for people who have a primary or secondary diagnosis of chronic pain. Pain is defined as being chronic or long-term when it lasts for longer than three to six months, or beyond the normal healing time of an injury. This workshop supports participants in developing the skills needed in the day-to-day management of chronic pain in order to maintain and/or increase life’s activities. The curriculum teaches self-managed behavior modification and coping strategies to enable participants to manage chronic pain, medications, and increase physical activity levels.

Cancer: Thriving and Surviving Program (CTSP)

This workshop was developed for individuals who have survived cancer.

CTS covers:

  1. Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain, isolation, poor sleep, and living with uncertainty.
  2. Appropriate exercise for regaining and maintaining flexibility and endurance.
  3. Making decisions about treatment and complementary therapies.
  4. Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals.
  5. Nutrition.
  6. Setting priorities.
  7. Relationships.

The program will not conflict with existing programs or treatment, and is designed to enhance regular treatment by supporting each participant’s confidence in their self-management of their health.

The evidence and outcomes

In the past 30+ years, the Stanford Patient Education Research Center (SPERC) has developed, tested, and evaluated self-management programs for people with chronic health conditions. The staff at SPERC have been working together for over 30 years and are highly-respected in the fields of health education and nursing.

The Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs have undergone extensive evaluation and been proven effective across socioeconomic and education levels. Health benefits continue over a two-year period even when disability worsens, and there are demonstrated health care cost savings associated with these programs. For a full bibliography of program research please visit http://patienteducation.stanford.edu/bibliog.html

Delivering a Stanford Self-Management Program with QTAC-NY

QTAC-NY offers Peer Leader and Master Trainer training in Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs for individuals working with organizations holding a valid Stanford license agreement or organizations partnered with an organization holding a valid Stanford license. Both QTAC-hosted and private organizational trainings are available.

Peer Leaders should consider the description and requirements outlined by the job description and be willing to sign a Peer Leader Agreement with QTAC-NY regarding their quality commitment as a Master Trainer or Peer Leader.

Master Trainers should consider the description and requirements outlined by the job description and be willing to sign a Master Trainer Agreement with QTAC-NY regarding their quality commitment as a Master Trainer. In addition, Master Trainers will be required to sign an agreement with Stanford related to their training and reporting responsibilities to SPERC. For more information please review related documents in our Document Library.

Contact QTAC-NY if you are interested in delivering any of the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs.

¹Lorig KR, Ritter P, Stewart AL, Sobel DS, Brown BW, Bandura A, González VM, Laurent DD, Holman HR. (2001). Chronic Disease Self-Management Program: 2-Year health status and health care utilization outcomes. Medical Care, 39(11), 1217-1223.