The severe limitations suffered by patients with psoriasis in social life and work are well-known. In order to clarify these problems, an analysis has been carried out on a group of patients suffering from severe forms of this disease (all of them have been admitted into hospital more than 3 times in the last 5 yr). The course of the disease in the authors' population has been evaluated in the light of the etiopathological and epidemiological problems of their patients and also taking into consideration the social problems (affecting the relationship with the family, friends, colleagues) as well as the economic problems (social and medical costs of these patients). Moreover, the periods of improvement have been related to the kind of medical treatment administered in hospital or at home. The analysis of these data has permitted to compare the cost of hospitalization to the cost of treatment as out-patients with photochemotherapy (PUVA). Finally, this study has shown the short efficacy of a pure pharmacological treatment and the consequent need for the dermatologist of developing further studies and enterprises concerning the social environment where dermatosis develops.
|Translated title of the contribution||The psoriatic patient. Elements for analysis of economic and social costs of skin diseases and their treatment|
|Number of pages||25|
|Publication status||Published - 1979|
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