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QoL different in psoriasis patients with clear vs. almost clear skin

DENVER — Joel Gelfand, MD, MSCE, presented late-breaking research on the health-related quality of life for patients with psoriasis who had clear skin compared with those who had almost clear skin at the American Academy of Dermatology annual meeting.

“The results we thought were quite surprising,” Gelfand, an associate professor of dermatology and epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania, told “If you have almost clear skin, which we usually think of as being a very successful outcome, that about one in five patients are likely to have moderate or worse impact on their health-related quality of life from their psoriasis, compared with a very low percentage of people who have truly clear skin disease.”

The study included 538 patients at 10 US centers, who had moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis with clear vs. almost clear skin, where patient-reported quality of life was compared. Gelfand presented his research at the Latest in Dermatology Research Symposia.

Gelfand said dermatologists “need to have an engagement” with patients and address their health-related quality of life.

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