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
- 12-14 participants per face-to-face workshop
- 8-12 participants per virtual workshop
- 3-5 participants per Tool Kit with scripted phone calls workshop
- 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:
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.
- 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
- Tomando control de su salud book
- Relajación para la mente y el cuerpo relaxation CD or MP3 (optional)
- For Tool Kit option, participants need the complete La caja de herramientas para tener una vida activa con diabetes. This includes a book, exercise CD, self-test, tip sheets and Diabetes Plate refrigerator magnet.
See the bibliography for articles about the diabetes programs
The 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.