In 2009, NAPCA implemented the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, or CDSMP, within AAPI communities. CDSMP, which was developed by the Stanford University Patient Education Research Center, is an evidence-based program based on the concept of self-efficacy, or a person’s confidence that he or she can learn and master new skills to better manage or “take control” of their health.
Participants who complete the 6-week program learned skills to help them manage their health conditions. Through partnerships with five AAPI-serving community-based organizations, NAPCA conducted CDSMP workshops with Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, and Samoan older adults, concluding the project in 2012. This report details program participant’s health outcomes after participation in the program, which among others, included decreases in fatigue, pain, and how much their health interfered with daily activities.