In Norway, where I live, the health care system offers patient education courses to many different chronic diagnoses. E.g PMR/GCA. YOU only pay a small fee, and you can take your partner or other next of kin with you. Some places the courses last for five days, other places for a couple of days. Very useful. The courses are led by health personell, and specially educated patients also take part. Do you have anything like this in other countries?