Psoriasis in Primary Care: A Focus on the Integral Role of the PCP
The purpose of this program is to educate primary care clinicians on how to identify patients with psoriasis and to ensure that patients with psoriasis are aware that their condition confers additional risks for a variety of conditions and diseases. Because psoriasis is associated with excessive systemic inflammation, patients with psoriasis, especially those with severe forms, need to be evaluated regularly and monitored carefully for clinical evidence of other inflammatory disorders or increased risk (eg, coronary artery disease, heart attack, diabetes, obesity, stroke). In addition, when patients are being treated by other specialists, primary care clinicians may need to participate in the co-management and long-term monitoring for treatment-associated adverse effects. Finally, in addition to health risks, primary care clinicians should be aware of, and monitor, the impact of psoriasis on a patient’s relationships and overall quality of life.
After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:
- Implement processes to screen and refer patients suspected of having psoriasis
- Routinely assess cardiovascular risk factors, including lipids, blood pressure, weight, and blood glucose in patients with psoriasis
- Outline management strategies that address disease and treatment monitoring and quality of life impact for patients with mild, moderate, and severe psoriasis
This activity has expired and is no longer available for CME; however, we hope you still enjoy the education.