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Table 3 Content of the self-management programme for employees with a chronic somatic disease.

From: Using intervention mapping (IM) to develop a self-management programme for employees with a chronic disease in the Netherlands

Timing Lesson Topics
Week 1 Introduction
Importance of physical exercise
- Overview of the course
   - Objectives of the course
   - Objectives of the participants
   - Inventory of problems encountered at work by the chronic disease
   - Introduction to cope with symptoms by using guided imagery
   - The importance of physical exercise for people with a chronic disease
   - Introduction to making action plans
Week 2 Coping with pain, fatigue and stress at work - Symptoms that interfere with the ability to work
   - Situations causing stress, pain or fatigue (at work)
   - Solutions to deal with stress, pain or fatigue (at work)
   - Breathing exercises
   - Introduction to cognitive symptom management
Week 3 Importance of healthy nutrition/Problems encountered at work - Introduction to healthy nutrition
   - The importance of healthy nutrition for people with a chronic disease
   - Introduction to working with a chronic disease
   - Introduction to the model of work load and work capacity
   - Solutions at the workplace
Week 4 Communication techniques at the workplace - Communication techniques
   - How to communicate with supervisor and colleagues about the problems encountered at work
   - How to communicate with supervisor and colleagues about possible solutions at work
   - How to communicate with family and friends about the problems and possible solutions to combine work and home
Week 5 Working together with occupational health professionals - Working together with occupational health professionals and HRM advisors at work
Week 6 Plans for the future - What has been accomplished the past six weeks?
   - What have we learned in the course?
   - Formulating long-term plans