Factors associated with Hispanic adults attending spanish-language disease self-management program workshops and workshop completion. Academic Article uri icon


  • Many factors influence ways in which middle-aged and older Hispanic adults prefer to receive health-related information. While Spanish-language disease management programs are increasingly offered in community and healthcare settings, less is known about their utilization among the Hispanic population. This study aimed to identify participant and workshop factors associated with middle-aged and older Hispanic adults attending Spanish-language disease self-management program workshops and receiving the recommended intervention dose (i.e., successful workshop completion is defined as attending four or more of the six workshop sessions). Data were analyzed from 12,208 Hispanic adults collected during a national dissemination of the Stanford suite of Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) programs spanning 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Two logistic regression analyses were performed. Over 65% of participants attended Spanish-language workshops, and 78.3% of participants successfully completed workshops. Relative to participants in English-language workshops, participants who attended Spanish-language CDSME workshops were more likely to successfully complete workshops, as were those aged 80years and older, females, and those who lived alone. Participants who were aged 50-79years and female were significantly more likely to attend Spanish-language workshops than their counterparts under age 50. Conversely, those with more chronic conditions were less likely to attend Spanish-language workshops. Those who attended workshops with more participants and where the Hispanic population was less affluent were more likely to attend Spanish-language workshops. This study provides insight into Spanish-language CDSME program recruitment and utilization with implications for program adoption in underserved Hispanic community settings.

published proceedings

  • Front Public Health

author list (cited authors)

  • Smith, M. L., Ahn, S., Jiang, L., Kulinski, K. P., & Ory, M. G.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Smith, Matthew Lee||Ahn, SangNam||Jiang, Luohua||Kulinski, Kristie P||Ory, Marcia G

publication date

  • April 2014