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Published on September 07, 2010

Mercy's Chronic Disease Self Management Program selected for national study

Mercy Medical Center, in partnership with Heritage Area Agency on Aging, announces its Chronic Disease Self Management Program (CDSMP) is one of 20 programs (from a total of 600 CDSMP's) selected to participate in a national study.  Mercy is the only site from Iowa.

With the goal of delivering CDSMP widely throughout the nation, the national study will examine programmatic impacts on about 1000 participants.  It is sponsored by the National Council on Aging and it will be conducted by Texas A&M Health Science Center and Stanford University.

"This is a great opportunity and most importantly will assist us to define outcomes specifically for our work," says Rebecca Jacobs, Mercy's Senior Director of Health and Wellness Services.

Mercy's collaborative community-based CDSMP includes a structured six-week course, "Successful Living with Chronic Conditions." The course takes a comprehensive approach to helping patients and their caregivers learn healthy ways to live with chronic conditions.

People living with conditions such as cancer, arthritis, heart disease, asthma, lung disease, emphysema, stroke, Parkinson's disease, diabetes and osteoporosis may benefit from participation in the course.

Those interested in learning more about the CDSMP should call 319-398-6012.