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Evidence to Practice Expert Roundtable: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Optimizing the Management of Psoriatic Arthritis


Evidence to Practice Expert Roundtable: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Optimizing the Management of Psoriatic Arthritis
Psoriasis is a chronic and inflammatory skin disease with potential systemic implications that affects 7.5 million people in the United States. Psoriasis can lead to several comorbidities, including psoriatic arthritis, obesity, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease. Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is the most common comorbidity, affecting up to 42% of psoriasis patients, and is characterized by swelling and pain in the peripheral joints, enthesitis, and dactylitis. Due to both skin and joint involvement, PsA can greatly affect an individual’s quality of life, and can lead to decreased mobility and impaired physical functioning. Despite these impacts, studies have shown that PsA identification and treatment is suboptimal. Significant delays in in the diagnosis of PsA have been reported, and undiagnosed PsA remains prevalent among patients with psoriasis seen in dermatology clinics. Early diagnosis and treatment is crucial in managing PsA, and clinicians need to understand the impact of both skin and joint aspects of psoriasis and PsA in order to minimize impact on patients’ quality of life (QOL). A patient-centered and multidisciplinary approach to care, based on the collaboration between dermatologists and rheumatologists is recommended for the management of PsA, and has been shown to improve patient outcomes.

Case Study for Psoriatic Arthritis Diagnosis and Treatment from a Dermatologist's Perspective
Presenter:
Leon Kircik, MD
Diagnosis of Psoriatic Arthritis A Rheumatologist's Perspective
Presenter:
Joseph Markenson, M.D.
Different treatment options for Psoriatic Arthritis
Presenter:
Mark Lebwohl, MD

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