British Journal of Community Nursing, Vol. 17, Iss. 11, 01 Nov 2012, pp 524 - 528
Psoriasis affects between 1% and 3% of the population and there is no cure for this chronic skin disease. This article gives an overview of the condition and available treatments. It focuses on managing symptoms, the range of medications available and the impact this chronic condition can have on a sufferer's quality of life. The article looks at medication non adherence remaining the biggest obstacle to management of the condition and the debilitating effect psoriasis can have on an individual's self-esteem and general well-being. It concludes by considering the role of patient support services such as the touch programme.