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The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) awarded Spectrum Health Care a Capacity Development grant to develop and implement the Stanford University Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. Spectrum was one of 76 grants awarded nationally in 2019 which laid the ground work for offering two self-management programs – Positive Living with Chronic Conditions and Positive Living with HIV. Both programs provide support and build confidence for people living with chronic conditions in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.

About the Program

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, also know widely as CDSMP, is a seven-week workshop designed to empower patients living with a chronic condition by improving their skills in medical, role, and emotional management. It is one of the most well-studied, evidence-based self-management programs available, backed by over 30 years of federally-funded research. It is also one of the most highly-adopted self-management programs worldwide, offered by numerous organizations in at least 19 countries. Over time is has been adapted for specific diseases.

Classes are held online through Zoom once a week for seven weeks and are 2 ½ hours long. Trained Leaders follow a scripted manual, but use their own words or paraphrase in order to make it relevant and culturally appropriate for their community. It is the process, or how the workshop is facilitated, that makes it effective.

Diseases/Conditions Addressed

The CDSMP model has been adapted for and certified by Stanford University for use with an every-growing list of diseases and conditions. Spectrum Health Care has included these program variations and will be offering workshop series for different populations.

Program Components

Structured, interactive group learning focused on individuals suffering from chronic conditions. Key topics includes:

  • 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

Positive Living with Chronic Conditions

Positive Living with Chronic Conditions is the original Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) developed by Stanford University in the early 1990s. This program is designed for individuals who have chronic health conditions like anxiety, arthritis, asthma, chronic pain, COPD, depression, diabetes, fibromyalgia, heart disease, high blood pressure, HIV/AIDS, lupus, and multiple sclerosis; or live with or care for someone with a chronic condition.

Subjects covered in the Positive Living with Chronic Conditions  workshop include:

  • How to best integrate medication regimens into daily life so they can be taken consistently
  • Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation
  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance
  • Appropriate use of medications
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
  • Nutrition and healthy eating habits
  • Making informed treatment decisions
  • Disease related problem solving
  • Advanced directives

Positive Living with HIV

Positive Living with HIV was specifically created for people living with HIV (PLWH). This program was modified from the original Positive Living with Chronic Conditions and further developed in 1997 by the Stanford Patient Education Research Center, now known as the Self-Management Resource Center (SMRC).

In addition, participants learn:

  • How to better integrate consistent medication regimens into their daily lives;
  • Strategies to deal with frustration, fear, fatigue, pain and isolation;
  • Exercise recommendations for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance; and
  • Ways to communicate effectively with family, friends, and health professionals.

Other topics include:

  • Nutrition;
  • Evaluating symptoms;
  • Decision-making; and
  • Sex, intimacy, and disclosure.

Available Workshops

Spectrum is in process of reorganizing our workshop schedule for the balance of 2021 and early 2022. 

By participating in this program, Spectrum Health Care will help you better understand how to manage your chronic conditions without added costs, medications, or doctor visits. This isn’t to say that this program will eliminate the need for medications and doctor visits, but rather help minimize their need and added costs associated with them. With active and committed participation, this model has proven to help those with chronic conditions live a better life.

All workshops span 7 weeks, on the same day and at the same time each week. If you have a computer with a webcam and 2-way audio, a cell phone, or a tablet, and a stable internet connection, you are all set to join us and find A Better Way to Manage Your Chronic Disease!

As a participant in these workshops, you will receive a workbook (Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions or Living a Healthy Life with HIV depending on the workshop you choose) and a Relaxation for Mind and Body CD; and those who complete the program will receive a $25 gift card.

Are you ready to start your journey to better health? Contact us today for more information.