Many psoriasis patients dissatisfied with
treatment Kathryn Doyle writing in Reuters reported
half of people with psoriasis are not satisfied with the treatment they’re receiving for the
skin condition, according to a new study. Marked by recurring patches of scaly, itchy
skin, psoriasis affects about seven million adults in the U.S. and can be treated with
topical creams, light therapy and oral medications. Up to 20 percent of psoriasis patients eventually
develop a form of arthritis related to the condition called psoriatic arthritis, according
to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Compared to other chronic conditions, patients with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis may
be at particularly increased risk of not receiving adequate treatment,” lead author Dr. April
Armstrong, a dermatologist at the University of California, Davis, said.
Although that’s not always a problem for people with mild psoriasis, those with more severe
forms of the condition have an increased risk of a range of other health problems, researchers
said. Between 2003 and 2011, more than 5,000 psoriasis
or psoriatic arthritis patients in the U.S. filled out surveys about prescription medication
use and treatment satisfaction for the National Psoriasis Foundation.
Depending on the year, between nine and 30 percent of the almost 1,900 people with severe
psoriasis were not receiving treatment, with higher percentages for mild and moderate psoriasis.
Just over half of psoriasis patients and 45 percent of those with psoriatic arthritis
reported being dissatisfied with their treatment, according to results published in JAMA Dermatology.
Comment: Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are major health problems because of the social
ostrasization patients feel when they have the disease.