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Self-Management Education FAQ

You've got questions. We've got answers!

The following are some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the self-management education workshops. If you don't see your question here, need more information, or can't find what you're looking for, don't hesitate to call, TOLL FREE 855.662.6448, or email us. We want you to have all the information you need!

Frequently Asked Questions

What does evidence-based mean, and why does it matter?

Evidence-based means the program integrates the best research and information into the program to achieve results. It also means there is evidence to support the use of this activity in achieving change. These programs are among the most studied evidence-based programs in the world with more than 30 years of research supporting the success of the programs in helping participants achieve positive and lasting life changes.

The program being evidence-based may not matter to you, and that's OK. It may be important to tell members of your healthcare team the program is evidence-based, especially if they ask.

Who leads the workshops?

The workshops are led by two trained leaders. Leaders don't have to be, and often aren't, medical or healthcare professionals...they're people just like you who have a health condition or who act as a caregiver for a loved-one with a health condition.

Does this program conflict with treatment plans my doctor and I have already decided on?

No, absolutely not! The self-management education programs are designed to complement and enhance regular and/or disease-specific treatements and education programs.

How long are the programs?

Living With Chronic Conditions and Living With Diabetes are a series of small-group workshops. Each workshop session lasts 2.5 hours (at a maximum). The workshop groups meet once per week for 6 weeks.

What types of "chronic conditions" are included in the Living With Chronic Conditions Program?

Any individual with a physical or mental chronic health condition can attend the workshop. This includes individuals with arthritis, chronic pain, heart, lung or kidney disease, depression, etc. Caregivers and/or spouses are also invited to attend as participants.

The workshop content doesn't focus on any specific disease, rather it explores and teaches skills and techniques that are applicable for use with any chronic condition. And, as participants discover, the specific disease isn't what brings folks together; it is the impact of the conditions or diseases and the similarity of that impact on the lives of participants that brings everyone together.

Can my loved-one, spouse or caregiver attend?

Absolutely! Caregivers, spouses, and loved-ones are encouraged to attend and participate fully in the workshop.

What's the difference between the Chronic Disease and the Diabetes program?

The Chronic Conditions program is designed for ANY chronic health condition, including diabetes. Information specific to the condition of diabetes is discussed in the Diabetes program, meaning it has content which would not be applicable to those without diabetes or caring for those without diabetes. In short, people with diabetes can attend the Living With Chronic Conditions program, but only those with diabetes, their caregivers and spouses may attend the Living With Diabetes program.

Are the workshops really free?

Yes! Workshops are FREE to all participants. This includes the companion book and CD used throughout the workshop. If you are charged a fee, we encourage you to let us know.

This material was prepared by the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy. 11SOW-GPQIN-KS-GEN-08/0914