Patients trained in chronic disease management

GIS:-PAHO Funds Training Workshops Aimed at Reducing Chronic Diseases.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) recently hosted a training workshop facilitated by Stanford University in chronic disease self-management.

Facilitator Yolanda Alcindor said the curriculum specifically focused on behaviour modification and coping strategies to enable participants to manage their chronic conditions.

“Participants at the workshop were taught self-management skills like decision making, problem solving, healthy eating, exercise techniques, medication usage, how to deal with emotions, and distraction methods that can be used to manage the symptoms caused as a result of chronic conditions,” Ms Alcindor explained.

This was Saint Lucia’s second time hosting the workshop. In November 2015, a four-day training program in chronic disease self- management was successfully conducted, resulting in the training of 18 leaders. Due to the large numbers of persons living with chronic illnesses and the growing need to equip such persons with the requisite skills and tools for improved self-management, the workshop was re-implemented last week.

At the end of the training workshop, the participants will implement the program within communities throughout the island, specifically targeting persons living with chronic illnesses. The chronic disease self-management training workshop was held from June 27 – 30 at the National Wellness Centre.

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