Around 40 percent of the German population is affected by a chronic disease. Just making it through the day is a challenge, particularly for more severely ill patients. This is not only limited to medical and nursing tasks, but also lies in a lifestyle that generally promotes good health, including maintaining mental health. Patients cannot master such tasks without self-responsibility, health literacy, and the ability to self-manage.
In light of this, with the Leading a Healthy and Active Life program, the Foundation, in cooperation with the BARMER GEK health insurance company and the Swiss Careum Foundation, wants to introduce a tried-and-tested self-management program in Germany – the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP). This program was developed by Professor Kate Lorig at Stanford University and adapted to the German-speaking world by the Careum Foundation.