Today's guest post comes from Mariana Guerreiro, Lilly International Corporate Affairs – Rheumatology & Dermatology
Psoriasis is much more than what can be seen on the outside.
Living with psoriasis can be hugely uncomfortable and interfering with the activities of daily life1,2. Patients with psoriasis are also at an increased risk of suffering from other more serious conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, Crohn’s disease, and more.2 However, just as devastating but often overlooked, is the psychological burden this can have on people’s lives.3
Today, there is an urgent need to highlight the many challenges faced by people living with psoriasis worldwide and show the different impacts of this chronic, painful non-communicable disease.
Lilly is proud to partner with the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations (IFPA) to support World Psoriasis Day (WPD). This year’s theme “Psoriasis Inside Out” is all about educating about the different aspects of this disease -- to give a ‘face’ to psoriasis. I am pleased to be a part of the work Lilly is doing to connect with, listen to, and understand people living with psoriasis.
By looking beyond the skin symptoms we can change our understanding of psoriasis as an autoimmune condition and work towards a more holistic approach to care, improve access to treatment, increase understanding of the disease and build unity towards increasing policy action to address this challenge.
For someone who does not live with psoriasis, it can be all too easy to look at the superficial symptoms of the condition and believe you see the whole picture. In recent years, there have been significant advances in how psoriasis is treated. However, these advances should form part of a holistic approach to management of this condition, not act as a cure-all.
Projects such as the Closer Together survey, which combines quantitative and ethnographic research, help to deepen our understanding of the condition, its impact, and the physical and psychological needs of people living with psoriasis. It also highlights another important need – which is to communicate and collaborate with people living with psoriasis, for a better, more well-rounded approach to psoriasis management.
This World Psoriasis Day, I am changing my thinking about psoriasis from the ground upwards – from the inside out. I would encourage all of you to watch the testimonial, and consider doing the same.
Achieving recognition for the condition and changing the perception of psoriasis is key to calling to action governments and policymakers, scientists, health professionals, patients’ organisations and industry professionals, to improve the healthcare and social inclusion of the millions of people living with psoriasis.
- Menter A, et al. Guidelines of care for the management of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis: Section 1. Overview of psoriasis and guidelines of care for the treatment of psoriasis with biologics. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.2008;58(5):826-50.
- The International Federation of Psoriasis Associations (IFPA). Psoriasis Report. Available at: https://ifpa-pso.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Brochure-Psoriasis-is-a-serious-disease-deserving-global-attention.pdf. Accessed October 2017.
- Kimball A, et al. The Psychosocial Burden of Psoriasis. American Journal of Clinical Dermatology.2005;6(6):383-392.