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Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME)


The suite of Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) programs originally developed by Stanford University have been proven to help older adults better manage their chronic conditions, improve their quality of life, and lower health care costs. CDSME is an interactive workshop for those living with one or more physical or mental health chronic conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, depression, etc. Participants learn skills to manage their conditions on a day to day basis: exercise, healthy eating, symptom management (pain, fatigue, sleep, shortness of breath, stress and depression), weight loss, and communication skills. Core self-management skills taught include action planning, problem solving and decision making. View more information about different versions of CDSME programs:

  • Cancer: Thriving & Surviving (In-Person or Online)
  • Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (In-Person or Online)
  • Toolkit for Active Living with Chronic Conditions (Mailed and/or with phone)
  • Toolkit for Active Living with Chronic Pain (Mailed and/or with phone)
  • Toolkit for Active Living with Diabetes (Mailed and/or with phone)
  • Toolkit for Tomando Control de Su Salud (Mailed and/or with phone)
  • Chronic Pain (In-Person or Online)
  • Diabetes Self-Management (In-Person or Online)
  • Positive Self-Management (In-Person or Online)
  • Tomando Control de Su Salud (In-Person or Online)




Intervention Type

Program and services for individuals, Community-based approaches

Intervention Focus

Chronic Disease Self-Management


Older adults (65+), People with disabilities


No-Tech, Low-Tech

Evidence Level

In Review

Resource Type


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