Quality of life in patients with psoriasis

Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2006 Jun 6;4:35. doi: 10.1186/1477-7525-4-35.


Psoriasis is one of the prevalent skin conditions in the United States. This chronic condition has a significant negative impact on patients' quality of life. Psoriasis has been linked to the depression and suicidal tendencies in the patients. The costs associated with decrements in quality of life, lost productivity, and work absenteeism may be enormous, increasing overall costs associated with the disease management. This review attempts to outline different quality of life measures available for psoriasis and describes their use in studies examining patient reported outcomes associated with pharmacological interventions for psoriasis. Factors associated with quality of life in psoriasis patients are described. It further describes physician's role in the psoriasis management to improve patients' overall well-being.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Absenteeism
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Attitude to Health
  • Chronic Disease
  • Cost of Illness
  • Efficiency
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Physician's Role
  • Psoriasis / drug therapy
  • Psoriasis / economics
  • Psoriasis / psychology*
  • Quality of Life*
  • Sickness Impact Profile*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States