The resources on this page can be used by practitioners working with people with long-term conditions. You might even provide copies to your clients. We also hold training sessions for practitioners to learn more about how to use some of these resources with their clients, as well as networking and information events for both people with long-term conditions and practitioners.
The Integrative Model of Adjustment to Chronic Conditions (IMACC) can be used by practitioners
to support people with long-term conditions who are experiencing adjustment problems. The model
is based on biopsychosocial principles.
Psychosocial adjustment (or adjustment for short) is a normal psychological reaction to change
whereby people adapt new situations by changing their behaviours, views or attitudes in order to
return to a state of optimal function. Adjustment is relatively easy, when we adapt to changes
we have chosen (e.g. moving house or getting married) and we are motivated to make the change.
However, when things happen that we don’t want (e.g. illness, bereavement, redundancy), then it
is more difficult to adapt.
IMACC-REPS offer courses and lectures on the evidence-based IMACC system. Visit imacc-reps.com for more information or contact Dr Lis Hammond at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hammond, L., Farrington, A., & Kılınç, S. (2020). Validation of the integrative model of
adjustment to chronic conditions: applicability to adult-onset epilepsy. Health
Psychology Open. DOI:10.1177/2055102919884293
Hammond, L., & Hirst-Winthrop, S. (2016). Proposal of an Integrative Model of Adjustment to Chronic Conditions (IMACC): An understanding of the process of psychosocial adjustment to living with type 2 diabetes. Journal of Health Psychology, 23(8),1063-1074. DOI:10.1177/1359105316664131
MyLifeTool is a self-management tool for people with long-term conditions. It is designed for any long-term condition and was developed in partnership between people with long-term conditions, psychologists from Teesside University and Neuro Key. We see self-management as a journey towards finding or maintaining meaning and purpose in life. It is an ongoing process that people approach from their own perspective, to fit with their life, aims, needs and changes in their condition. A range of health and social care practitioners and voluntary sector organisations are using MyLifeTool with clients with various long-term conditions. Copies are available to download from Mylifetool
MyCreativeLife is a creative self-management programme to accompany MyLifeTool. The seven session programme uses simple creative activities to support people with long-term conditions to reflect on their self-management journey. It can be used by health and social care professionals and practitioners, peer mentor/support workers and organisations with support work streams and can be run face to face and online. We have created a practitioner handbook and client information sheets to support you in offering the programme to your clients. Download your copy from Mylifetool Programme We can also provide training to practitioners and organisations who would like to run the programme with their clients. Alternatively, we can deliver the programme to your clients. Contact Dr Stephanie Kilinc at email@example.com for more information.
Kılınç, S., Erdem, H., Healey, R., & Cole, J. (2020). “Finding meaning and purpose”: A
framework for the self-management of neurological conditions. Disability and
Rehabilitation. DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2020.1764115
Kılınç, S, Campbell, C., Guy, A., & van Wersch, A. (2020). Negotiating the boundaries of the medical model: Experiences of people with epilepsy. Epilepsy and Behavior, 102. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yebeh.2019.106674