Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

Participants make weekly action plans, share experiences, and help each other solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their self-management program. 

Program Goals

  • learn problem-solving

  • decision-making

  • techniques for managing common problems 

  • goal-setting for the upcoming week and develop an action plan for meeting that goal

  • develop support system within group

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Participants gain skills such as:

  • addressing physical and psychological impacts of chronic disease 

  • exercise, developing healthy eating habits, and using medications appropriately

  • communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals

Benefits include:

  • decreased pain and health complications

  • increased energy 

  • increased physical activity

  • lessened feelings of depression

  • improved communication with physicians

  • decreased social role limitations

  • increased confidence