Practice & Policy Lecture Series
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The Practice and Policy Lecture Series has been developed to provide thought-provoking presentations on Oklahoma's emerging policy issues, trends and best practices. The series is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Office of Planning, Research and Statistics and the University of Oklahoma Center for Public Management with the goal of providing the best educational opportunities available in a forum that offers participants an opportunity to question, share and learn from each other.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

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Wed., Jan. 23, 2013, Noon to 1 p.m.

Chronic Disease Self-Management
Oklahoma History Center, Chesapeake Room
800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr. Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Kate Lorig, R.N., Ph.D., Director, Stanford Patient Education Research Center and Associate Professor of Medicine, Stanford School of Medicine

Self-management programs empower people to take an active role in managing their chronic illnesses. These programs help participants make lifestyle choices and changes, adhere to prescribed medical treatments, and become educated, responsible and informed patients. Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) is Improving Health, Lowering Costs, and Reducing Utilization. Nearly two decades of peer-reviewed data reveal impressive results for the Stanford CDSMP. In a number of major published studies, this model has resulted in significant, measurable, and sustainable improvements in health status, self efficacy, and psychological well-being, along with increased exercise, reduced fatigue, and enhanced partnership with physicians.

The program may also save enough through reductions in healthcare expenditures to pay for itself within the first year. One U.S. study found a two-year savings of between $390 and $520 per participant based on reduced hospitalizations and outpatient visits, using a program cost of $70 to $200 per participant. Studies have also shown improved healthcare utilization, with measures including fewer emergency room visits, hospitalizations, inpatient days, and/or outpatient visits. One study found that in the first year, visits to doctors and emergency rooms dropped by 8 percent, while participants spent 40 percent less time in the hospitals.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Lorig is the Director of the Stanford Patient Education Research Center and an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Stanford School of Medicine. She earned her bachelors degree in nursing at Boston University, and her masters and doctorate of public health (Dr.P.H.) in health education at the University of California, Berkeley. She came to Stanford in 1979 while a graduate student at Cal to develop and research an educational program that emphasized self-help skills for people with arthritis. This program became the Arthritis Self-Help Course, which is now offered to thousands of people with arthritis in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, South Africa, Scandanavia and elsewhere, and was the prototype for the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, the Positive Self-Management Program for HIV/AIDS, the Back Pain Self-Management Program, and others. She has authored several books and many articles about arthritis, chronic disease in general, health education and behavioral science. She travels extensively at the invitation of organizations concerned with patient care and academic research.

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Last Updated: June 19, 2015
Provided by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Street address: Sequoyah Memorial Office Building, 2400 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Mailing address: P.O. Box 25352, Oklahoma City, OK 73125
(405) 521-3646
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