Stanford's Chronic Pain Self-Management Program is a six-week program that runs for 2 ½ hours each week in community settings, senior centers, and physicians offices. People with different chronic pain problems attend the program together. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals (referred to as lay leaders) with chronic pain themselves.
What is Covered in the Program?
Balancing activity with rest
Developing patient/physician partnership
Use of community resources
Cognitive symptom management
The Division of Family and Community Medicine in the School of Medicine at Stanford University developed, tested and evaluated this program and found the following:
Subjects who took the program, when compared to those who did not, demonstrated significant improvements in exercise, cognitive symptom management, communication with physicians, self-reported general health, health distress, fatigue, disability, and social/role activities and limitations
Spent fewer days in the hospital
Trend toward fewer outpatient visits and hospitalizations
Cost to savings ratio of 1:10
For more information about program outcomes and Stanford's Chronic Pain Self-Management program, visit their website.