Programa de manejo personal del dolor crónico (Spanish Chronic Pain Self-Management)

Programa de manejo personal del dolor crónico is the Spanish translation of the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program.

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.


  • Face-to-face or virtual small group workshop for 2 1/2 hours once a week for six weeks


Spanish-speakers with chronic pain

  • 8-14 (10 minimum strongly advised) participants per face-to-face workshop
  • 8-12 participants per virtual workshop

Workshop Leaders

  • 2 trained Spanish-speaking Leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with chronic pain themselves
  • 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?

This program is a translation of the English Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP).  The program was developed based on focus groups with potential 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 pain, 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:

  • Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep
  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance
  • Appropriate use of medications
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
  • Nutrition
  • Pacing activity and rest
  • How to evaluate new treatments
  • Action-planning, problem-solving, decision-making

Participant Materials

See the bibliography for articles about the Chronic Pain Self-Management programs

The CPSMP program is approved for Title IIID funding under the Older Americans Act and for Funding from the CDC Arthritis Branch.

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