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Determinants of patient and physician treatment satisfaction in moderate-to-severe psoriasis: a multinational survey of psoriasis patients


There is a lack of validated information of both physician and patient-reported treatment satisfaction, and association with outcomes in psoriasis. Data from the 2015 Adelphi Psoriasis Disease Specific Programme were used to compare self-reported satisfaction with biologic and non-biologic therapy for psoriasis in physicians and their consulting patients in the United States (USA) and five European countries (EU5). Disease severity and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) were assessed using Body Surface Area (BSA) affected by psoriasis and the Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI), respectively. Patients satisfied with biologic therapy reported better HRQoL than unsatisfied patients, whereas a greater proportion of unsatisfied patients on biologic therapy had moderate-to-severe psoriasis (USA: 95.1% versus 52.4%, EU5; 86.4% versus 43.1%, P<0.0001). Multivariate logistic regression indicated that having a BSA affected by psoriasis of >10% was associated with lower likelihoods of physician and patient treatment satisfaction versus <3% (P<0.0001). A one-unit increase in the DLQI score lowered the likelihood of a patient being satisfied by approximately 20% (P<0.0001). Patients were ~60% more likely to be satisfied on biologic therapy than non-biologic therapy (P=0.0012). Physician and patient-reported treatment satisfaction was associated with greater HRQoL and lesser disease severity.

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