Use these resources to teach patients and other healthcare providers about the signs and symptoms, treatment options, and complications of psoriasis.
National Psoriasis Foundation
A go-to website for patients who've been recently diagnosed with psoriasis and want to learn more about it, and for healthcare professionals looking for patient education materials. The Psoriasis Foundation's site provides an overview of the disorder and possible complications, including psoriatic arthritis. The website also offers information about ongoing research for a cure and patient advocacy. A section for medical professionals provides patient education materials, continuing-education opportunities, and information on how to work with healthcare plans to give patients better access to care.
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMSD)
Another great overview of psoriasis is provided by NIAMSD, a part of the National Institutes of Health. This website answers common questions about the disease in easily understood layman's language. Tell patients that NIAMSD provides practical advice on living with psoriasis as well as current information on research and clinical trials.
American Academy of Dermatology (ADD)
The AAD website is categorized into sections for dermatologists, the public, and the media. The section for the public is broken down into subsections covering such topics as what causes psoriasis, who gets it, and how to manage it. Another useful feature is the video guide for patients, which helps them visualize the disease and treatment options.
The Mayo Clinic's web page dedicated to psoriasis explores disease signs and symptoms, risk factors, complications, how to prepare for an appointment, alternative medical treatments, coping and support, and more. The site is updated frequently to keep information current and relevant.
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