Chronic Disease Self Management Program

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) is an evidence-based program focused on problems common to older adults suffering from chronic diseases. It is designed to enhance clinical treatment and disease-specific community-based education. The overall goal is to enable older adults to build self-confidence to maintain their health and manage chronic conditions.


According to a Stanford University CDSMP study, of program participants compared to those who did not participate, demonstrated significant improvements in exercise, cognitive symptom management, communicated better with physicians and self-reported general health, health distress, fatigue, disability and their social/role activities limitations. They also spent fewer days in the hospital. There was also a trend toward fewer outpatients’ visits and hospitalizations. These trends yield a cost to savings ratio of approximately 1:4. Many of these results persist for as long as three years.  Learn more

The six-week program is taught by trained community health educators for 2.5 hours a week. Each session engages participants in healthy behaviors, promotes positive changes in health status, increases self-efficacy, improves communication with health care providers and decreases the number of visits to physicians and emergency rooms.

CDSMP in other Languages:

  • Spanish: CDSMP is culturally adapted to the Spanish speaking population, it is called ‘Tomando Control de Su Salud’, and trained community health educators instruct the workshop with the translated and adapted material.  Learn more
  • Haitian Creole: Our Network has partners offering workshops in Haitian Creole.

For more information visit the Stanford University Chronic Disease Self-Management Program.