Our health expert, Tanya Howe, was among top industry minds who collaborated on this recent article, published in the British Journal of Dermatology.
Background: Psoriasis is a chronic, immune-mediated disease, characterized by symptoms that include itching and skin pain and is often associated with comorbities. Patients have a substantial detriment to quality of life (QoL) and work productivity with associated cost burden.
Objectives: To investigate the incremental burden of comorbidities, itch and affected body areas among systemic eligible patients with psoriasis, using a multinational survey of dermatologists and their patients with psoriasis.
Methods: Multinational data from the GfK Disease Atlas global real-world evidence program were used. Eligible patients were identified, as those who were currently having or had ever had moderate-to-severe psoriasis, and must have been receiving prescription treatments at the time of the survey. Multivariable regression analyses were conducted to assess the incremental burden among psoriasis patients with physical and psychological comorbidities, itch and affected visible and sensitive body areas vs. psoriasis patients without these conditions, respectively.
Results: The study enrolled 3,821 patients with psoriasis, from nine countries, with an average Psoriasis Area and Severity Index score of 6.4. The presence of comorbidities was associated with a significant increase in the likelihood of skin pain, lower QoL, greater work impairment and increased usage of medical resources (except in psoriasis patients with obesity and type 2 diabetes). Psoriasis patients suffering from itch and those with visible and sensitive affected body areas also had impaired QoL vs. those without these conditions.
Conclusions: Psoriasis patients with physical and psychological comorbidities, itch and affected visible and sensitive body areas had lower QoL and greater work impairment, compared to those without these conditions.
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