For Providers and Health Care Professionals


For Providers

The Living Well with Chronic Conditions program, also known as the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP), was developed and tested by Stanford University and is designed to complement and enhance medical treatment and disease management. Research shows that participants are able to manage their symptoms better and communicate more easily with their doctors and loved ones. People who complete the program feel better, are less limited by their illness, and may spend less time at the doctor or in the hospital.

What are the benefits to your organization and clients?

Self-management is a national health care trend supported by research and health care experts. It has been included in the Affordable Care Act, and is a factor in national standards for Patient Centered Medical Homes. Participating in this Stanford evidence-based model, which has proven outcomes for improved health and cost savings, can:

  • Enhance your organizations’ visibility as a progressive leader in the community.
  • Enhance your current programming – Living Well Programs do not conflict with existing programs or treatments. They are designed to enhance regular treatment.
  • Help your clients or patients gain better control of their chronic conditions and acquire the tools to effectively take part in managing their health, thus requiring less physician and nursing staff time.

Stanford has developed a suite of evidence-based self-management programs. Workshops offered in Lane County include Living Well with Chronic Conditions, Living Well with Diabetes, and Living Well with Chronic Pain.

Living Well with Chronic Conditions is a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) workshop designed for people living with one or more on-going conditions like arthritis, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, lung disease, depression, and many others, as well as the people who care for them. It provides participants with the self-management tools needed to meet their health-related goals and for day-to-day management of their health conditions.

Living Well with Diabetes is a Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) designed for people living with Diabetes and the people who care for them. It provides participants with the self-management tools needed to meet their health-related goals and for day-to-day management of their diabetes.

Living Well with Chronic Pain is a Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP) designed for people who are experiencing chronic pain conditions due to injury, fibromyalgia, repetitive strain, post stroke pain, neuropathic pain and other causes, as well as the people who care for them. It provides participants with the self-management tools needed to meet their health-related goals and for day-to-day management of their chronic pain.

Return On Investment

  • The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) has been developed through 20+ years of federally-funded grants from the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • There is evidence to support the notion that CDSMP saves enough money in healthcare expenditures within the first year to pay for the program.
  • The program’s benefits are also seen across the spectrum of socioeconomic and educational levels.
  • CDSMP participants maintain many of their health and behavioral improvements over time, and significant improvements in exercise and social/role limitations can be seen over a two-year period.
  • The participants who received the self-management program reduced their hospital stays by 0.15 days for a total difference of 0.49 days during the first 6 months of the original study. Assuming that a day of hospitalization costs $1,000, the reduction in hospitalization during the first 6 months can be extrapolated to 0.49 days which represents approximately $490 less utilization per participant than at baseline.1
  • In conservative terms, the two-year saving due to reduced hospital days and outpatient visits is approximately $590 per participant ($490 in hospitalization and $100 in outpatient visits).
  • The self-management program produced significant improvements in health distress and reductions in ambulatory health care utilization each year during a 2-year period. In addition, participants’ perceived self-efficacy to manage their health conditions improved during 2 years.
  • CDSMP is currently offered through the National Health Services of England and Denmark, and in many parts of Australia, Japan, China, Norway and Canada. This attests to the program’s broad reach and appeal.

1 Chronic Disease Self-Management Program: 2-Year Health Status and Health Care Utilization Outcomes

Stanford University’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs

Stanford University CDSMP Peer-Reviewed Publications and Studies