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J Investig Dermatol Symp Proc. 2004 Mar;9(2):136-9.

Psoriasis is common, carries a substantial burden even when not extensive, and is associated with widespread treatment dissatisfaction.

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  • 1Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Department of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School, Department of Dermatology, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. rstern@bidmc.harvard.edu

Abstract

The impact of psoriasis on quality of life has been studied in select patient populations. Population-based data detailing the distribution of extent of disease, associated problems in everyday life, and treatment satisfaction for the US population have been lacking. Our population-based survey indicates that approximately 4.5 million adults have been diagnosed as having psoriasis. Most (59%) have little or no involvement, but 650,000 adults have at least three palms of body surface involved and more than 1,000,000 indicate substantial dissatisfaction with their treatment. Only 5% of patients (56,000) who report severe dissatisfaction with current therapy have extensive disease (10 palms). Many individuals with little psoriasis at the time of interview considered the disease to be a large problem in everyday life.

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