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General FAQ

If you’ve taken a 6-week workshop for 2.5 hours once a week and the main principle was in self-management skills then there’s a good chance that it’s another Stanford Self-Management workshop which follows the main topic themes such as pain & fatigue management, goal setting with action plans and problem solving. Some people take the workshop multiple times to refresh on the principles taught and enjoy the interactive group dynamics.
There are some variances between the programs but it’s your choice whether you want to take the “Living a Healthy Life” Chronic Disease Self-Management workshop or feel you learned the skills in the other program. Remember that this is not a workshop on specific disease education but in gaining the knowledge in managing your disease. So although you might have taken a diabetes or another disease-specific program that educates you on the disease, this workshop teaches you the skills to implement that knowledge as well as other tools in Self-Management.

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The workshops run at various days and times depending on the community.

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No, people with a variety of chronic conditions all go in one workshop group. Everyone is learning skills to help them manage things like pain, fatigue, exercise, healthy eating, and action plans. It doesn’t matter whether you have diabetes or arthritis you are learning how to apply the skills to your condition and your situation

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Yes, you may take the workshop again. However, preference will be given to someone who has not taken it before. Please do not accept a second book.

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The “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” program is a licensed program from Stanford University. This program follows a standardized format that is proven to help people learn to better manage the symptoms of chronic disease. Participants develop skills such as planning and problem-solving skills, and communication skills in addition to learning about healthy living. Doing exercise or sharing “general” problems or inviting an outside/guest speaker are not part of this program.

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There are about 10 to 16 participants in a workshop.

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No. Some people are referred, but participation is open to anyone who has a chronic condition or is a support person for someone with a chronic illness.

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The concept of self-management is new for many people. The workshop allows participants to “tailor” it to their own needs by setting their own goals each week and solving any problems they encountered.

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While no one is forced to participate, the workshop is based on the idea of learning and practicing new skills. You can participate in the activities without having to share anything that is overly personal. The amount of time any one person “talks” is limited, and all participants are asked to keep strict confidentiality about what is said.

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It is important that guests do not drop in on a workshop. Each session builds on the previous one and repeats important activities the participants have already learned. A new participant can easily disrupt the progress of the group and individuals. The guest will not get enough benefit out of one session and it is better for him/her to register (like all the other participants) and take the whole workshop from the beginning.

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Yes, a caregiver or family member who is supporting someone with a chronic condition is welcome. The program can be very helpful for them.

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Participants must be able to set goals and function in a group setting. The program would not be appropriate for someone with dementia or memory impairment, or for someone who would be disruptive in a group. However, caregivers, family members or friends can benefit from learning self-management skills to help support others and take care of themselves.

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You do not need to bring any materials for the workshop with you. It is two and a half hours long with a break in the middle. You should bring a snack or drink if you want/require these, and anything you require to be comfortable such as a pillow or sweater etc.

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he workshop has been carefully developed and evaluated at Stanford University, and the research shows participants benefit the most from learning new skills over the 6-week period and practicing what they learn in between sessions. We do know that “life happens” and people are not always able to come to all sessions, but attending 5 will still be very helpful.

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The workshop is led by two Volunteer Peer Leaders who have taken special training to deliver the Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop. The leaders may be volunteers or health care professionals, many of whom have chronic conditions themselves.

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If the workshop is not full, it is possible to start at Session 2, but not after that.

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You will learn problem solving and goal setting skills, along with different strategies to help you better manage your symptoms. You will also learn to manage your medications and communicate with your doctor.

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No. The “Living Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” workshop is designed to complement education & programming offered by your healthcare team. . It works to help reinforce the existing valuable disease-specific information being provided while supporting the patient in learning self-management tools. You will learn about implementing healthy change and gain empowerment over your condition.

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It is for people with one or more chronic conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, arthritis, respiratory disease, heart disease or chronic pain etc… anyone with any long-term physical or mental health issues, their caregivers, family or friends who support them.

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Chronic conditions are ongoing physical or mental health issues that may impact a person’s life for many years. Examples of chronic conditions include heart disease, stroke, chronic kidney disease, lung disease, fibromyalgia, asthma, high blood pressure, diabetes and arthritis.

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Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions is a six-week self-management workshop that brings together people with different chronic diseases to learn to manage common challenges like pain, fatigue, and difficult emotions. Most importantly it is about empowerment, gaining the skills needed in the day-to-day management of a chronic condition and learning to maintain and/or increase life’s activities. It is widely considered a best practice in chronic disease self-management and has been adopted in many parts of Canada and around the world.

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You will have greater confidence in yourself and will feel empowered using the new skills that you have learned.

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The Program is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care and is delivered through multiple partnerships within the Central LHIN.
The Central LHIN supports this Stanford University Chronic Disease Self-Management Program because it works! It has been proven through extensive research and evaluation to help people better manage their chronic conditions, and it is cost effective.

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This program made me aware that there is a common denominator for many health conditions. As a result of this class I feel better prepared to help myself and reach my goals