Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Expert Patient Part #4: HOW to become a 21st Century Patient, by becoming trained in Chronic Disease Self Management

GREETINGS!!! Sorry that it has taken me awhile to complete this series of blogs. For those of us who are indeed 21st Century Patients; who do practice Chronic Disease Self Management; there are times when one must "hunker down" as my Grandmother would say, and REST!! I have had a few of these days, but the rest paid off, and I am now back in business.

How do you become trained in Chronic Disease Self Management? Here are the primary resources available.

1) Start with your own health insurance company. Call up the Customer Service folks in Plan, and ask if they offer "Chronic Disease Self Management Program" classes. My Internet searches indicate that many of the larger companies are offering such classes for their enrolees. And, in some cases, self-management is becoming a requirement of retaining insurance coverage!

2) Go to your State's Home Website, and look up the Department of Health, and of Aging. In some cases they might be the same, in others, different. Call each and see if/when they will be offering classes in your city/county for Chronic Disease Self Management Program.

3) Use one of the many Internet search engines to locate this statement: "(your state) Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)". This should help you locate classes in your state. In my state, they located classes by county and city. Some of the "bigger" states even offer classes derived from the original Standford research program.

4) Use one of the many Internet search engines to ask locate this statement: "Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)". This should provide you with additional options.

Best of luck in your search!