Stanford Diabetes Self-Management Education Program or Programa de Manejo Personal de la Diabetes

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:

  • Depression
  • Symptoms of hypoglycemia
  • Communication with physician
  • Healthy eating
  • Reading food labels
  • patient activation
  • self-efficacy
  • 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.

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