Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs

Program Overview

Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs (CDSMP) are educational workshops attended by people living with a variety of chronic health conditions. CDSMP workshops are designed to help people gain self-confidence in their ability to control their symptoms and learn how their health problems affect their lives. Through a 2 ½ hour workshop, once a week for six weeks, participants will learn skills such as decision making, problem solving, and other techniques for managing problems common to people living with chronic diseases. Participants use action plans to set weekly goals and discuss their progress in small groups.

Who are CDSMP workshops for?

CDSMP workshops are for adults living with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, hypertension, and other ongoing health problems.

They are also for caretakers and people supporting someone living with chronic health conditions.

What are the benefits of chronic disease self-management programs?

There is evidence that participation in CDSMP workshops can improve physical and psychosocial outcomes and quality of life for people with chronic health conditions.

Benefits include:

  • Decreased pain and health distress
  • Increased energy and less fatigue
  • Increased physical activity
  • Decreased depression
  • Better communication with physicians
  • Decreased social role limitations
  • Increased confidence in managing chronic disease

Upcoming classes

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Training Opportunities

Are you interested in becoming a CDSMP trainer or hosting a CDSMP class? Are you already hosting a CDSMP class and need additional materials? Contact Program Manager Abigail Schroff: schroffa@crhn.org.