Key Takeaways

  • Provide an interactive Spanish language self-management workshop for people with type 2 diabetes in your community.

  • Help participants address everyday activities like controlling or lowering blood glucose, exercise, nutrition, and symptom management.

Manejo personal de la diabetes (Diabetes Self-Management Program), is an interactive in-person Spanish language group workshop, recognized by the American Diabetes Association as a Diabetes Support Program. This is for adults living with type 2 diabetes. Participants learn the skills to manage their diabetes on a day to day basis: exercise, healthy eating, symptom management (fatigue, sleep, stress, depression, hypoglycemia), weight loss, communication skills, how to manage sick days, importance of glucose monitoring, and about other necessary tests. Core self-management skills taught include action planning, problem solving and decision making. Content meets all ADA and ADCES standards.

  • Target audience: Spanish-speaking adults, 18 years and older, living with type 2 diabetes
  • Health outcomes: (Data taken from large national study done virtually and in person)
    • Improved health behaviors (exercise, medication adherence, communication with health professionals, role function)
    • Reduced  HbA1c
    • Increased adherence to advised examinations (eye, foot, kidney)
    • Improved  symptoms (hypoglycemia, depression, fatigue, sleep problems)
    • Reduced health care costs
  • Delivered by: 2 trained peer facilitators
  • Program type: Group
  • Format: Highly interactive group session
  • Length: 6 weekly 2.5  hour sessions
  • Training: In-person
  • Professional required: No
  • Accessibility adaptations available: Yes 
  • Cultural adaptations available: Yes. This program is culturally adapted from DSMP but is not a direct translation.
  • Available in languages other than English: Portuguese (for other languages see Chronic Disease Self-Management)
  • Topic(s):
    • Diabetes Medication Management
    • Nutrition
    • Physical Activity
  • References
    • Lorig, K., Ritter, P. L., Villa, F., & Piette, J. D. (2008). Spanish diabetes self-management with and without automated telephone reinforcement: two randomized trials. Diabetes Care, 31(3), 408-414.
      View abstract
    • Lorig, K.R., Ritter, P. L., & Gonzalez, V. M. (2003). Hispanic chronic disease self-management: a randomized community-based outcome trial. Nursing Research, 52(6),361-369.
      View abstract
  • ContactContact the Self-Management Resource Center

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