What is the Stanford Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP)?
The original Stanford Diabetes Self-Management Program was developed in Spanish. After successful outcomes were found with that program, the Stanford Patient Education Research Center received a grant for the randomized, controlled study to test the workshop’s effectiveness for English-speakers. After the workshop, participants demonstrated significant improvements in:
- Symptoms of hypoglycemia
- Communication with physician
- Healthy eating
- Reading food labels
- patient activation
- communication with physicians
DSMP workshops Include:
- 6 week workshop (typically free!)
- Held once a week for 2.5 hours
- Class size is typically 12-18 participants
- Located in a community setting such as senior center, church, library or hospital
- One or both of the facilitators have diabetes/ are diabetic
- Established curriculum that is very interactive
Living with Diabetes: Information for Diabetes Patients by National Council on Aging
Learn more about Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT) workshops to help you manage your diabetes.
Topics covered in Diabetes Self-Management Program workshops include:
- Techniques to deal with the symptoms and emotional problems of diabetes
- Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance
- Healthy eating
- Appropriate use of medication
- Working more effectively with health care providers
Participants will make weekly action plans, share experiences, and help each other solve problems they encounter by creating and carrying out their self-management program. Workshops are facilitated from a highly detailed manual by two trained Leaders, one or both of whom are peer leaders with diabetes themselves.