Psychosocial adjustment to chronic conditions; how do we help people get better at looking after themselves?

  • 13 December 2017
  • 4.00PM - 6.00PM
  • Public event: No
  • Booking required: No
  • CL1.01

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Abstract: Around a quarter of the British population live with a chronic long term condition and they account for around 70% of NHS expenditure.

Living with a chronic condition usually requires an individual to change aspects of their lifestyle, and according to the World Health Organisation the adherence to medical advice (including life style and health behaviour) in developed countries is only achieved in 50% of cases.

One potential issue with poor adherence is negative long term consequences, which in turn puts even further pressure on the health care system.

Understanding barriers to adherence, and how to motivate people to take responsibility for their own health, is a key area for current research. This seminar aims to present the current evidence base for psychosocial adjustment to chronic conditions with a view to discussing how further research might seek to find solutions to this problem. A central aspect of this is how interpersonal relationships can become either a barrier to self-care or a facilitator, but other factors will also be explored.

Researcher - Dr Lis D. Hammond
Doctorate in Counselling Psychology

Dr Lis D. Hammond is a Counselling Psychologist and Senior Lecturer. She specialises in adjustment and rehabilitation in physical health. Her interest in psychosocial adjustment to chronic conditions stems from her work as an Assistant Psychologist working in brain injury rehabilitation.

After qualifying as a Counselling Psychologist Lis worked in a chronic pain service for five years before changing to a career as a Senior Lecturer on the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at Teesside University. Lis has recently been appointed British Psychological Representative on the NHS England Specialised Pain Clinical Reference Group and she is keen to advance research into the psychological aspects of chronic conditions.

Please meet in the foyer of the School of Social Sciences, Business & Law (first floor, Clarendon) at 3.45pm for tea and coffee.

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Name: Leanne Graham
T: 01642 342801

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