Arcutis education campaign seeks to reduce the emotional toll of psoriasis

September 23, 2022

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Healio . Interviews

Disclosures:
Bhutany stated that she received funding from Arcutis for her work on the educational campaign.


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Psoriasis is not only a disease that affects patients physically, with scars and red spots in the skin, but also Affects patients emotionally. Often the mental health of patients suffers from the anxiety of living with the condition.

In response, Arcutis Biotherapeutics launched an educational campaign, Expose Psoriasis in order to reduce The emotional loss of psoriasis.

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Psoriasis is not only a disease that affects patients physically, with scars and red skin, but it also affects patients emotionally. Often the mental health of patients suffers from the anxiety of living with the condition.

To find out more, talk to Helio with Tina BhutaneseMD, but, Co-Director of the University of California San Francisco Skin and Psoriasis Center and a member of Expose Psoriasis campaign.

Welcome: Why he is Is this campaign important?

Bhutanese: People understand what psoriasis is, that it’s a skin disease that needs to be controlled with treatments, but less well known is the mental and emotional toll the disease can take on someone with it — things like having to think about what they’re doing. They will wear it in the morning and how will they cover their skin or how will they explain it. Essentially, there needs to be more awareness about the mental and emotional toll patients suffer when they live with this disease.

Heal – Heala: WHat shapes can take those emotional toll for Psoriasis patients?

Bhutanese: It can be on the milder side, with patients feeling anxious or anxious about all the factors they should consider about living with their illness and treating their disease. But also, patients with psoriasis are more likely to have diagnosable mental health disorders such as major depression and generalized anxiety disorder, as well as suicidal ideation. So, there’s a spectrum of losses you can take but it’s definitely a problem in this community.

Helio: How Do The campaign facilitates conversations between dermatologists and their patients?

Bhutanese: We want to encourage patients to tell their doctors if their illness is affecting their health because patients often have the impression that dermatologists or people who treat their skin are just there to do it, just to treat the skin. But we are well aware that psoriasis is much more than just a skin disease. And often, if we tell patients about the impact the disease has had on their lives, it may actually affect our treatment decisions. Therefore, it is important for patients to open up and tell us about it even though the doctor may not proactively bring it up. It’s okay for patients to touch on it, so we can start those conversations. It could just be something like, “I’m here to talk about my psoriasis, it’s flaring, I haven’t been in good control of my skin, and it’s really affecting my life, my personal relationships or my job,” or whatever. It may be as small as this and then doctors can take it from there.

Helio: How this campaign is also raising awareness among dermatologists?

Bhutanese: This campaign is more targeted towards the sick population because I think it is already well known in the dermatology world about the emotional impact that psoriasis can have. But we are busy in the clinic and may not proactively talk about these things. This is where it’s helpful for patients to start conversations, because sometimes we get stuck on autopilot.

Welcome: What else will you tell people about This campaign?

Bhutanese: This is a campaign aimed at patients, but it is also helpful for healthcare providers to look at the site and be reminded to talk to their patients, especially those whose skin is clear or well-controlled, and who may still experience anxiety, such as, “What would I do if I caught Flames in my skin?” Or, “What if my medications stop working or my treatment stops working?” There is still a lot of concern about these kinds of things.

So, don’t stop having these conversations just because a patient’s skin is clear. It is still important to check in.

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