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Chronic Disease Self Management Program

The Chronic Disease Self Management Program (CDSMP) was developed at Stanford University Patient Education Research Center by primary developers Kate Lorig, DrPH; Virginia Gonzalez, MPH and Diana Laurent, MPH all of whom are at Stanford.

There are a few assumptions that underlie this program:

  • People with chronic conditions have similar concerns and problems.
  • People with chronic conditions must deal not only with their disease(s), but also with the impact these have on their lives and emotions.
  • Lay people with chronic conditions, when given a detailed leaders manual, can teach the CDSMP as effectively, if not more effectively than health professionals.
  • The process of way the CDSMP is taught is as important, if not more important, than the subject matter that is taught.

In a 5 year research project, CDSMP was evaluated and the study found that people who took the program, when compared to people who did not take the program, improved their healthful behaviors (exercise, cognitive symptom management, coping, and communications with physicians), improved their health status (self-reported health, fatigue, disability, social/role activities, and health distress), and decreased their days in the hospital.

Visiting Nurse Service of Ithaca and Tompkins County is a partner in a coalition of organizations committed to providing the Chronic Disease Self Management Program to community members. The workshop is designed to be used with the book, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, by Kate Lorig, Halsted Holman, David Sobel, Diana Laurent, Virginia Gonzalez and Marian Minor.

For more information regarding Visiting Nurse Service's collaborative efforts in this program call 607-273-0466 or email Sue Ellen Stuart, Executive Director at For additional information on the Health Planning Chronic Disease Self Management Program and the courses offered, you may contact the Health Planning Council at 607-273-8686.

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