The Stanford programme is based on over 25 years of research and is used in 25+ countries around the world. Whatever health issues you have, this 6 week course can help as you learn a range of generic skills and tips to maximise your health and wellbeing.
Stanford self management programme – multiple languages
Also known as:
- My Health, Our LIFE,
- LIFE Programme
- Stanford Model and more.
Developed by Stanford University the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Programme (CDSMP) is an evidence-based programme that has been adapted for many cultures and found to be equally useful. The programme is now available in multiple languages including Te Reo Maori, Samoan, Tongan and Hindi in New Zealand.
The course consists of two and a half hour sessions, for six weeks. These are held during the day, evening or weekend to suit local groups and are held in clinics, community centres, churches and marae.
The sessions are suitable for anyone with an ongoing health condition, or risk of health issues including prediabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. It is designed for people with different ongoing health problems (diabetes, arthritis, asthma, depression and much more) to attend together and your family or carers are welcome to join you. They will learn lots too!
Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are peer leaders (non-health professionals) with long-term health conditions themselves. This means they really know what it is like to live with the day to day challenges some health conditions bring.
Subjects covered in these workshops include:
- ways to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation
- safe exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance
- appropriate use of medications
- communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
- shared decision making, and
- how to evaluate new treatments for yourself.
Want to know more?
|Topic||Who, what, where?|
|How do I find a course?|
|Who is the course for?||
|Languages||English, Samoan, Tongan and Hindi groups available in Auckland.|
North Shore and Central Auckland
Wellington & Wairarapa
|Become a course leader!||Course Leader Training
If you have attended a self-management programme and found it useful, consider becoming a course leader. This is a great opportunity to further develop your own self-management skills while also being able to help others develop new skills to manage well at home.
Program development and evidence-base Stanford Patient Education Centre
Internet self-management programmes Stanford University (not yet available in NZ)
Expert patient programme (UK version of Stanford programme) NHS Choices
This is a brief list. See Bibliography from Stanford University for more.
Lorig KR, Sobel DS, Stewart AL, Brown Jr BW, Ritter PL, González VM, Laurent DD, Holman HR. Evidence suggesting that a chronic disease self-management program can improve health status while reducing utilization and costs: A randomized trial.Medical Care, 37(1):5-14, 1999.
Lorig KR, Ritter P, Stewart AL, Sobel DS, Brown BW, Bandura A, González VM, Laurent DD, Holman HR. Chronic Disease Self-Management Program: 2-Year Health Status and Health Care Utilization Outcomes. Medical Care, 39(11),1217-1223, 2001.
In HMO setting: Lorig KR, Sobel DS, Ritter PL, Laurent D, Hobbs M. Effect of a Self-Management Program on Patients with Chronic Disease. Effective Clinical Practice, 4(6),256-262, 2001.