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Make the Most of Your Time With Your Doctor

Sometimes it’s difficult to talk about exactly how your psoriasis is affecting you in the short time you have with your doctor.1 The PSORIASIS IMPACTS MATTER guide is a tool that can help you prepare for your next consultation, to make the most of the time you have with your doctor.

PSORIASIS IMPACTS MATTER will guide you through 3 steps for maximising each consultation:

  1. Know your psoriasis: Recognise how psoriasis affects you.

  2. Know what to expect: What you need to know to have realistic expectations.

  3. Talk to your dermatologist: How to make the most of your consultation with your dermatologist.

Make the most of your time with your doctor

Sometimes it’s difficult to talk about exactly how your psoriasis is affecting you in the short time you have with your doctor.1 The PSORIASIS IMPACTS MATTER Guide is a tool that can help you prepare for your next consultation, to make the most of the time you have with your doctor.

PSORIASIS IMPACTS MATTER will guide you through 3 steps which aim to help you maximise each consultation:

  1. Know your psoriasis: Recognise how psoriasis affects you.

  2. Know what to expect: What you need to know to have realistic expectations.

  3. Talk to your dermatologist: How to make the most of your consultation with your dermatologist.

See how David Trigos, a psoriasis patient and Vice President of the European Umbrella Organisation for Psoriasis Movements (EUROPSO) highlights the importance of clear communication between patients and doctors.

PSORIASIS IMPACTS MATTER can help you prepare for your next consultation so that you can communicate effectively with your doctor and gain the maximum benefit from their expertise.

See how David Trigos, a psoriasis patient and Vice President of the European Umbrella Organisation for Psoriasis Movements (EUROPSO) highlights the importance of clear communication between patients and doctors.

PSORIASIS IMPACTS MATTER can help you prepare for your next consultation so that you can communicate effectively with your doctor and gain the maximum benefit from their expertise.

How do you prepare for each appointment?

DESCRIBE YOUR SYMPTOMS

Describe your symptoms

Any of the symptoms below are important to mention to your dermatologist. Information like this can affect your doctor’s assessment of your condition and what treatment they can prescribe to you.

Physical symptoms

Itch

Discomfort

Tiredness

Lack of sleep

Plaques

Redness

Crusting

Peeling

Scaling

Flaking

Pain

Burning

Stinging

Bleeding

Location of plaques

Head

Scalp

Face

Arms

Underarms

Legs

Chest

Back

Genitalia

Hands

Feet

Nails

How they make
you feel

Embarrassed

Depressed

Isolated

Lonely

Anxious

Stressed

Unpresentable

Ugly

Dirty

Ashamed

Lacking confidence

Inferior

Vulnerable

Insecure

How they impact
your life

Work

Job

Self-esteem

Financial

Strain

Socialising

Swimming

Sports

Intimate relationships

Relationships with others

 
 
 
 

All these symptoms can affect your daily activities

The term quality of life is often used by healthcare professionals to describe the invisible impact of a disease or treatment on your physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being. It reflects your ability to enjoy what you consider a normal life and is very important to discuss with your doctor.2

How do you describe your symptoms with your doctor?

SAY WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND

Know what to expect

You may have an idea of what to expect from your doctor and from the treatment recommended to you, but it is important to discuss your expectations clearly at every visit. This can help you and your doctor agree on the right course for your treatment.

What to expect from your dermatologist

A dermatologist must follow established guidelines to assess your condition and prescribe the right treatment for you.

What this means for you3

They will ask a certain type of question to help them measure the severity of your visible psoriasis objectively

They should factor in whether psoriasis affects your physical, psychological, or social well-being

They may ask you to provide some personal information to understand how psoriasis affects your everyday life

They must sometimes follow a set sequence of treatment options, testing your response to certain treatments before they can prescribe others

What to expect from treatment

Psoriasis cannot be cured, but it can be controlled.

What this means for you4,5

There are many ways to treat psoriasis and manage its symptoms

Treatment may help you improve your quality of life and lower your risk of related diseases

You may have to try multiple treatments before you find the right one for you

Treatment will make you feel better one step at a time. It may not cure everything at one go

If your current treatment stops working or works less than when you first started taking it, you may want to talk to your dermatologist so they can reassess and change your treatment plan as appropriate

How do you discuss your expectations with your doctor?

BE DIRECT

Speak to your dermatologist—be specific, clear, and direct3,6-9

When you talk to your doctor, describe your visible symptoms (the affected areas on your skin and their locations, any pain or itching, etc), and then describe your invisible symptoms (trouble sleeping, any feelings that arise, your psoriasis preventing you from doing something you enjoy, etc). Discussing the physical, emotional, and social impacts of your disease gives your doctor a better picture of what treatments may be best suited for you.

How do you talk to your doctor about your psoriasis and what is bothering you?

TALK TO YOUR DERMATOLOGIST

How do you talk to your doctor about your psoriasis and what’s bothering you?

PSORIASIS IMPACTS MATTER can help you prepare in 5 easy-to-follow steps, with specific questions for you to answer.

Here’s a brief summary:

1.

Start by telling your dermatologist what you want from the appointment.

2.

Tell them how psoriasis affects you physically, mentally, and socially.

3.

Tell them your treatment history.

4.

Clarify any terms that are unfamiliar or unclear.

5.

Do you have any final questions before you leave your dermatologist’s office?

See PSORIASIS IMPACTS MATTER for the 5-step guide.

Why are these selections important to you? Share these thoughts with your doctor.

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References: 1. Strober BE, van der Walt JM, Armstrong AW, et al. Clinical goals and barriers to effective psoriasis care. Dermatol Ther (Heidelb). 2019;9(1):5-18. 2. Larsen MH, Strumse YAS, Borge CR, Osborne R, Andersen MH, Wahl AK. Health literacy: a new piece of the puzzle in psoriasis care? A cross-sectional study. Br J Dermatol. 2019;180(6):1506-1516. 3. Bhosle MJ, Kulkarni A, Feldman SR, Balkrishnan R. Quality of life in patients with psoriasis. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2006;4:35. 4. National Psoriasis Foundation. Patient navigation center: psoriasis. October 2017. https://www.psoriasis.org/sites/default/files
/t2t_infographic.pdf. Accessed September 6, 2019. 5. National Psoriasis Foundation. T2T Infographic. https://www.psoriasis.org/sites/default/files
/t2t_infographic.pdf. Accessed September 6, 2019. 6. Lebwohl MG, Bachelez H, Barker J, et al. Patient perspectives in the management of psoriasis: results from the population-based Multinational Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis survey. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2014;70(5):871-881.e1-30. 7. Takeshita J, Grewal S, Langan SM, et al. Psoriasis and comorbid diseases: epidemiology. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2017;76(3):377-390. 8. World Health Organization. Global report on psoriasis. 2016. 9. Mustonen A, Mattila K, Leino M, Tuominen R. How much of the productivity losses among psoriasis patients are due to psoriasis. BMC Health Serv Res. 2015;15:87.

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