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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.