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Advances in Dermatology and Allergology/Postępy Dermatologii i Alergologii
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Contemporary treatment patterns in plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis

Dorota Jenerowicz
1
,
Justyna Kaznowska
1
,
Paweł Bartkiewicz
1
,
Anna Sadowska-Przytocka
1
,
Marcin Szymkowiak
2
,
Zygmunt Adamski
1
,
Magdalena Czarnecka-Operacz
1

1.
Department of Dermatology, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poznan, Poland
2.
Department of Statistics, Poznan University of Economics and Business, Poznan, Poland
Adv Dermatol Allergol 2021; XXXVIII (1): 80-84
Online publish date: 2020/04/09
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Introduction
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease affecting about 2% of the general population. Although there are many treatment options, and new medications have been introduced, the disease is considered not curable, and it may seriously affect patients’ quality of life.

Aim
The authors present contemporary treatment patterns used by dermatologists in Poland to manage plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, particularly regarding systemic treatment. The authors also aimed to analyse how these treatment patterns are influenced by the guidelines of the Polish Dermatological Society.

Material and methods
The author’s questionnaire, consisting of 13 questions was used. It included demographic and professional characteristics of questioned dermatologists, as well as the assessment of the attitudes towards management of plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

Results
A total of 132 dermatologists completed the questionnaire. Most of the specialists worked in out-patient clinics and private practices. The most commonly used topicals for psoriasis included: glucocorticosteroids, a combination of glucocorticosteroid and vitamin D analogue and salicylic acid. Regarding the treatment of psoriatic arthritis, most of the specialists declared using systemic therapy and a combination of systemic therapy and phototherapy. The majority of the respondents were particularly concerned with possible side effects or difficulties in qualifying and monitoring the patients, and less frequently on the cost of the therapy.

Conclusions
Observations suggest that 60% of physicians have some reservation to initiate systemic treatment in outpatient clinics, and they admit that they lack additional training. On the other hand, it seems also that the organization of systemic treatment in psoriasis may generate these difficulties and thus necessitate additional effort. Another factor could be the budget – not only regarding healthcare professionals, but also the patient, sometimes financing various investigations from private resources.

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treatment, psoriasis, dermatologist

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