The Stanford Chronic Disease Self Management Program (also known as the Better Choices, Better Health) is a class taken once a week for two and a half hours for six weeks.The classes are held in a community setting such as libraries, hospitals, churches, and senior centers.They are attended by people who have different chronic health problems and are led by two trained leaders. At least one of the trainers are non-health professionals with a chronic disease themselves.
Subjects covered include:
1. Ways to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation.
2. Exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance.
3. Appropriate use of medications.
4. Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals.
6. How to evaluate new treatments.