In our Psoriasis In America 2017 survey, we asked participants to share more about working with their healthcare professional (HCP). A look at the results of what types of healthcare professionals respondents see to manage and treat their psoriasis symptoms, how frequently they are seen by their HCP for their psoriasis and their comfort level working with their HCP.
My healthcare professional
8 in 10 respondents currently see a healthcare professional for their psoriasis and 60% of these individuals are satisfied with their current HCP.
Most participants shared that they currently see a dermatologist to manage and treat their psoriasis (about 43%) while a smaller number of respondents see a rheumatologist or primary care physician/internist.
Comfort level with healthcare provider
Overall, respondents were comfortable discussing all aspects of their psoriasis with their healthcare provider.
- 77% were very comfortable or comfortable discussing all aspects of their psoriasis with their HCP
- 11% were uncomfortable or very uncomfortable discussing all aspects of their psoriasis with their HCP
- 12% were neutral
I wish my healthcare professional knew…
Having a strong partnership with your HCP can make an impact on your overall experience managing your psoriasis. While a few respondents felt their HCP already knew everything about them and their psoriasis experience, many participants discussed several key aspects of the condition that they felt their HCP didn’t know or didn’t fully understand. We asked participants “what is the one thing you wish your healthcare professional knew about you and your psoriasis experience?” A look at some of the responses below.
- “How painful it is and how dramatically it affects my overall health because it prohibits me from running and walking.”
- “How badly the pain can be. She just thinks it’s cosmetic.”
The emotional aspects of psoriasis: depression and embarrassment
- “I am a strong female but have an issue talking about it and sometimes it’s overwhelming emotionally. I think my dermatologist might get frustrated. I’m trying to be optimistic but it’s incredibly difficult after the countless meds throughout the years.
- “That it is more than a skin issue.”
Fear of flares
- “Even when the disease is quiet, I still think about the future and worry when the next flare will come.”
There is a concern about treatment side effects
- “That I don’t really like taking all this medication.”
- “That I’m afraid to take biologics because of side effects.”
They want more information about lower-cost treatment options and/or natural options
- “I wish there was more discussion about nutritional ways to combat psoriasis as opposed to only medicinal.”
- “She has been great but I can’t afford the biologics that worked for me when I was still working and had good insurance, on Medicare and a supplement I can’t afford the deductible for any of the biologics that worked so well.”