Impact of psoriasis on patients' work and productivity: a retrospective, matched case-control analysis

Am J Clin Dermatol. 2009;10(6):407-10. doi: 10.2165/11310440-000000000-00000.


Background: Psoriasis negatively impacts patient quality of life; however, the impact on work and productivity is not well known.

Objective: To determine the impact of psoriasis on work and productivity using data from the National Health and Wellness Survey (NHWS).

Methods: Data collected from 40 730 adults who completed the NHWS between 1 May and 30 June 2004, of whom 1127 had psoriasis, were analyzed. Psoriasis patients and a matched cohort of non-psoriasis patients were identified to assess the impact of psoriasis on work and productivity.

Results: Psoriasis patients were more likely to have missed work for health-related reasons (p < 0.05), had significantly more health-related work productivity impairment (p < 0.001), more overall work impairment (p < 0.001), and more impairment in activity other than work (p < 0.001) than non-psoriasis patients.

Conclusions: The results of this large-scale national survey suggest that psoriasis has a significant negative impact on overall work productivity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Case-Control Studies
  • Data Collection
  • Efficiency*
  • Employment
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Psoriasis / psychology*
  • Quality of Life
  • Work*