Chronic Disease Self Management-St. George
Time & Location
About the event
Course Dates: February 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, March 4th, 11th
CDSMP is for adults with chronic health conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, and other ongoing health problems. The program may be particularly beneficial for people who have more than one health condition, whose health problems have begun to interfere with their valued life activities, or who have had difficulty following your health recommendations.
Participants attend a 2½-hour interactive workshop once a week for 6 weeks to learn problem-solving, decision-making, and other techniques for managing problems common to people with chronic diseases. In a typical workshop, participants set a realistic goal for the upcoming week and develop an action plan for meeting that goal. They report on their progress at the following workshop, and solicit feedback from the group to help address any challenges.
There is strong evidence from peer-reviewed publications and program evaluations 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