Programa de manejo personal de la diabetes (Spanish Diabetes Self-Management Program)

Programa de manejo personal de la diabetes is not a translation of the Diabetes Self-Management Program, but is similar with cultural adaptations.

Workshops are highly participatory. Mutual support and success build participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.  Each participant is guided to tailor the workshop content to their own needs.


  • Small group workshop offered either face-to-face or virtually for 2 1/2 hours once per week for 6 weeks
  • Mailed Tool Kit of materials with or without 12 weekly scripted 45-60-minute small group (3-5 people) phone calls


Spanish-speakers with type 2 diabetes

  • 8-14 (10 minimum strongly advised) participants per face-to-face workshop 
  • 8-12 participants per virtual workshop
  • 3-5 participants per Tool Kit with scripted phone calls workshop 

Workshop Leaders

  • 2 trained Spanish-speaking Leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with a diabetes themselves, for both in person and virtual workshops  
  • 1 trained Leader for Tool Kit with small group phone calls workshops
  • Leaders must be trained by SMRC-certified Master Trainers

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Program replace existing programs and treatments?
The program does not conflict with existing programs or treatment. Treatment is not altered. For all medical questions, participants are referred to their physicians or other health professionals on their health care team. 

How were the programs developed?
The programs were developed based on focus groups with potential Spanish-speaking participants, reviewing professional organizational standards and national standards for such areas as exercise, and nutrition. We combined these inputs with processes to increase self-efficacy and to allow participants to self-tailor the workshops to their own needs. In addition, many methods from cognitive behavioral therapy are included.

How can my facility offer the Program?
All agencies must have at a minimum:

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Workshop Topics

Techniques to deal with symptoms of chronic conditions, such as fatigue, pain, sleeplessness, shortness of breath, stress, and emotional problems such as depression, anger, fear, and frustration

Physicians, registered dietitians, occupational and physical therapists, and other health professionals have reviewed all workshop materials. Workshop was last updated in 2020.

Topics include:

  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance
  • How to use glucose monitoring in order to make day to day decisions and to manage sick days
  • Healthy eating
  • Appropriate use of medication
  • Working more effectively with health care providers
  • Recommended tests for prevention or delay of complications
  • Proper foot care
  • Action-planning, problem-solving, decision-making

Participant Materials

See the bibliography for articles about the diabetes programs

american diabetes association support initiative logoThe DSMP has been accepted as part of the diabetes education programs eligible for Medicare reimbursement and as an evidence-based program by the Administration for Community Living.  It has also been recognized by the American Diabetes Association  as meeting the Diabetes Support Initiative criteria for support program.

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