Information for Attendees

Stanford University's widely tested Chronic Disease Self-Management Program helps those living with a chronic health condition improve their general health. A 6 week once a week program, participants that attend the workshop will receive a free copy of the Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Condition book, and a relaxation CD, Relaxation for Mind and Body.

This workshop helps participants:

  • Find practical ways to deal with pain, fatigue, and stress
  • Discover better nutritional and exercise choices, understand decision making process and learn how to get a good night’s sleep
  • Learn better ways to talk to your doctor and family about your health
  • Set weekly action plans, problem solve health issues, and get much needed support

Information for Hosts

Target Population

  • Adults with (a) chronic condition(s) {e.g. hypertension, arthritis, heart disease, stroke, lung disease, diabetes}
  • Family members, friends, caregivers of adults with chronic condition(s)

Program Length

  • 6 total sessions
  • 1 day each week
  • 2-hour sessions

Cost Estimates

  • License fee (3-year multi-program license) ($1,000)*
  • Books ($20)
  • CD ($10)
  • Flip Charts ($35)
*License fee covered by Texas A&M EBP in the nine county RHP 17 region

Other Requirements

  • 10-16 people
  • Books, CDs
  • Flip Charts
  • Tables and chairs

Program Components

Structured, interactive group learning focused on individuals suffering from chronic conditions.

  • Coping strategies: Action planning/feedback, behavior modeling, problem-solving, and decision making
  • Self-management of symptoms: Stress management/relaxation, healthy eating, sleep/fatigue management, medication management, exercise, communication with health providers

Program Outcomes

  • Cost-savings (↓healthcare costs): $590 per participant
  • Increase health status (less pain, fatigue, worry)
  • Increase self-efficacy
  • Increase communication with health providers
  • Increase health status in 7 of 9 variables: Fatigue, shortness of breath, pain, social activity limitation, illness intrusiveness, depression, health distress