Patient satisfaction with treatments for moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis in clinical practice

Br J Dermatol. 2014 Mar;170(3):672-680. doi: 10.1111/bjd.12745.


Background: Treatment satisfaction among patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis has not been studied and compared across treatments using a validated instrument.

Objectives: To assess patient-reported satisfaction with systemic and phototherapy treatments for moderate-to-severe psoriasis in clinical practice and to correlate satisfaction with disease severity and quality-of-life measures.

Methods: This was a cross-sectional study of 1182 patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis in the Dermatology Clinical Effectiveness Research Network in the U.S.A. Patients receiving either topical therapies only; monotherapy with oral systemic therapies, biologics or narrowband ultraviolet B phototherapy; or combination therapy with biologics and methotrexate completed the Treatment Satisfaction Questionnaire for Medication version II.

Results: Median unadjusted overall satisfaction scores were highest for patients receiving biologic monotherapies, biologic-methotrexate combinations, or phototherapy (83.3); scores were lowest for those receiving topical therapies only or acitretin (66.7). In fully adjusted models, compared with patients receiving methotrexate monotherapy, those receiving adalimumab, etanercept, ustekinumab, phototherapy or adalimumab with methotrexate had significantly higher median overall satisfaction scores by 7.2-8.3 points, while those receiving topical therapies only had significantly lower overall satisfaction by 8.9 points. Adjusted convenience scores were lowest for patients receiving topical therapies only or infliximab. Modest but significant correlations were found between the overall satisfaction subscale and both the Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (ρ = -0.36, P < 0.001) and the Dermatology Life Quality Index (ρ = -0.47, P < 0.001).

Conclusions: Discernible differences were found in treatment satisfaction among therapies, particularly regarding treatment effectiveness and convenience. Further application of treatment satisfaction measures may inform treatment decisions and guideline development.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Dermatologic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Psoriasis / psychology
  • Psoriasis / therapy*
  • Quality of Life
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Ultraviolet Therapy / psychology


  • Dermatologic Agents