Bridging the Gaps in the Care of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis: the Role of Combined Clinics

Curr Rheumatol Rep. 2018 Oct 26;20(12):76. doi: 10.1007/s11926-018-0785-6.


Purpose of review: Despite a robust therapeutic landscape, significant gaps exist in the quality of care of psoriatic disease. Thus, an improved understanding of the challenges in providing quality care and the implementation of effective strategies to overcome them is needed. In this review, we summarize the burden of psoriatic disease, discuss the challenges in the care of psoriatic patients, and outline how combined dermatology-rheumatology clinics bridge many of these gaps.

Recent findings: Multiple challenges are faced in providing high-quality care to patients with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis from the pre-diagnosis phase of disease to the follow-up period. Challenges are mainly driven by lack of education of patients and healthcare providers, inefficient communication between specialists, lack of a holistic approach to patients, and limitations of available therapies. The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Clinics Multicenter Advancement Network (PPACMAN) is working on demonstrating the effectiveness of combined dermatology-rheumatology clinics in addressing some of these challenges. Recent findings show that combined clinic models may improve quality of care by raising awareness of psoriatic disease, fostering educational activities for both patients and physicians, and allowing for comprehensive evaluation and management of patients through improved communications between disciplines. Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are complex diseases that often require an interdisciplinary approach. Thus, combined dermatology-rheumatology clinics and local-regional partnerships are potentially effective in improving quality of care in psoriatic disease.

Keywords: Interdisciplinary communication; Psoriasis; Psoriatic arthritis; Quality of healthcare.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis, Psoriatic / diagnosis
  • Arthritis, Psoriatic / therapy*
  • Dermatology
  • Humans
  • Psoriasis / diagnosis
  • Psoriasis / therapy*
  • Quality of Health Care*
  • Rheumatology