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Why should I refer my client or patient to a self-management class?
Studies of the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, known as Living Well in Maryland, have shown significant improvements in health, communication with physicians, self-reported health, fatigue, and disability. Participants also reported having spent fewer days in the hospital with fewer outpatient visits, resulting in health care savings.
A large body of evidence supports the effectiveness of DSME/T in improving diabetes outcomes including A1C levels, systolic blood pressure, and body weight, thus reducing their need for diabetes medication.
Living Well Classes are also available in diabetes specific, pain management, and Cancer specific curriculums.
Participants learn strategies to self-manage including problem solving, decision-making, and action planning.
Activated patients are more involved in their care.
Working with a community-based organization helps take the work off of the practice’s plate.
Patient feedback at the end of the class gives the practice documentation of patient’s self-management goals for use in patient centered medical home transformation.
Why should I refer my client or patient to the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)?
The goal of the CDC-led DPP is to lose 5-7% of body weight and increase physical activity. This program can help people lower their risk of getting type 2 diabetes by 58%.
People who take the classes learn real changes such as healthier eating, adding physical activity into their daily lives, and improving problem-solving skills.
Who is an appropriate referral from your organization or practice?
18 years of age or older.
Ability to interact positively within a small group setting.
Living Well - Living with or caring for someone with any chronic condition such as arthritis, diabetes, asthma, COPD, hypertension, depression, multiple sclerosis, etc.
Living Well with Diabetes - Living with or caring for someone with type 2 diabetes
DSME - Living with or caring for someone with any type of diabetes.
DPP - Prediabetes or at- high risk of developing diabetes. Patients should have one of three types of blood glucose tests to confirm a diagnosis of diabetes.
What happens when you make a referral to one of the programs?
A program manager will contact your client or patient to discuss the self-management classes.
The program may provide feedback on the status of your referrals including attempts to reach, contacts, class enrollment information, and any barriers encountered.
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