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Psychological Impact of Chronic Disease Normal Adjustment or Pathological
Speaker: Associate Professor Rosemary Higgins, Health Psychologist, Cabrini Health and Senior Research Fellow, Heart Research Centre
For many, diagnosis with a chronic illness challenges perceptions of immortality and fairness. It is not surprising that almost all patients experience distress in reaction to diagnosis and treatment of a chronic illness. For some, the challenge of adjusting to a chronic illness is considerable. Poor psychological adjustment is related to worse disease outcomes, poorer quality of life and increased suffering for patients and their families. Alongside support for chronic disease management, patients want support and information to manage the psychological challenges of living with a chronic illness. The ONTRACK model will provide guidance to health professionals to support patients' emotional recovery after an acute health event.