|By PR Newswire||
|November 8, 2012 03:01 AM EST||
NORTHAMPTON, England, November 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
New results from a recent survey by The Psoriasis Association reveal that despite progress in the number of patients having their psoriasis severity level assessed, there is still a high level of patient dissatisfaction with treatment, suggesting that these assessments may not be translated into therapy changes where appropriate. Despite an increase in awareness of psoriasis severity measurement, this latest survey also showed that more than half of patients were very dissatisfied with the treatment they were receiving, and over two thirds stated that their doctor or nurse had not discussed any treatment to help improve their quality of life (QoL).
The 'Know your PASI' follow-up survey, which was supported by Janssen, has revealed that patient awareness of Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) assessments has increased since the first survey in 2011. In fact, the percentage of patients aware of the PASI measurement has nearly trebled to 59%. It is surprising, however, that only 32% of patients have had this important disease severity measurement taken by their doctor. In addition, 63% of patients could not recall their psoriasis severity being measured by any other means, suggesting that they may not be managed effectively as a result.
Helen McAteer, Chief Executive of The Psoriasis Association, says "The survey findings are astonishing and highlight that there has become a need for patients to be proactive in order to drive a change in therapy where they feel they are not receiving the best treatment. We strongly support the need for this change because we see that psoriasis severity assessments are not consistently used or translated into changes in treatment where appropriate."
These findings show a significant disparity between the recommendations being made in the latest National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines - that all patients should have their disease severity regularly assessed through PASI measurements, and their QoL assessed through the Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI), to ensure that they receive the care and treatment they require.Further new findings from the 'Know your PASI' follow-up survey revealed that patients are not being assessed for other key factors such as their cardiovascular risk, which worryingly may mean other conditions and adverse effects of treatment are not being identified.
The government has recognised in a recent framework of care that enhancing QoL for people with long-term conditions is of great importance when considering patient management. The British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) recommends that everyone with psoriasis should have the severity of their disease assessed - taking into consideration where on the body it appears, how widespread it is and the thickness and redness of the plaques. The PASI assessment helps patients and doctors understand the physical severity of the psoriasis and provides a benchmark which, with on-going checks, shows what improvements treatment is making, or crucially, if the treatment is not having the required effect.
Helen McAteer concludes "Based on the new survey findings, The Psoriasis Association is calling for improved awareness of the importance of disease severity, and consequently increased measurement of this in psoriasis patients. We also recommend that to facilitate improved QoL, patients need to proactively request information on different treatments they may eligible for, as soon as their psoriasis severity is deemed great enough for a change in therapy. Patients should feel comfortable speaking up when they are unhappy with their current treatment."
Every person who is passionate about the care provided for patients with psoriasis in the UK is encouraged to sign the Psoriasis Mandate, an online petition calling for improved standards of care in the diagnosis and management of psoriasis. The Psoriasis Association invites signatures to this Mandate, which can be accessed via http://www.psoriasis360.com/psoriasis-mandate to call for support for five key rights of people with psoriasis:
- Early and accurate diagnosis
- Access to a specialist for regular treatment review
- Access to effective treatment options
- Involvement and choice in a treatment plan with defined goals
- Understanding and support from society to live a normal life
Estimated to affect up to 1.8 million people in the UK, psoriasis is a painful and debilitating condition characterised by red, raised and inflamed patches on the skin and is classified as being mild, moderate or severe. As well as being physically debilitating, psoriasis can have a deep psychological impact.
Notes to Editors
This press release was funded by Janssen.
About the Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI)
The PASI is a free and simple, painless assessment which takes into account how bad a patient's psoriasis plaques are (how thick, red or sore they are) and how much of the body is affected, to come up with a score. The score is given as a number from 0 (not affected at all) to 72 (very severely affected). If the PASI score is more than 10, the disease is classified as moderate to severe.
Psoriasis is much more than a physical disease and can be considered severe if it has a profound psychological effect on a person's quality of life. The DLQI is recommended to assess the impact of psoriasis on quality of life.
An interactive PASI calculator (available as an iPhone/iPad app or PC tool) for calculating a PASI score can be downloaded at: http://www.psoriasis360.com/about-psoriasis/types.
About The Psoriasis Association
The Psoriasis Association is the leading national membership organisation for people affected by psoriasis - patients, families, carers and health professionals. Founded in 1968 by Dr Dick Coles, a Consultant Dermatologist in Northampton, the Association has three main aims:
1. To support people who have psoriasis
2. To raise awareness about psoriasis
3. To fund research into the causes, treatments and care of psoriasis
About the Survey
The Know Your PASI Survey is part of a joint collaboration between The Psoriasis Association and Janssen to help educate patients and doctors about how the medical severity of psoriasis is assessed. The survey was conducted by medeConnect Healthcare Insight, part of the Doctors.net.uk group.
- Fieldwork for the study was conducted from 4-26 April 2012 with a 5 minute online quantitative survey with 200 psoriasis patients that had participated in the original survey, which took place during 13 July-26 September 2011 and involved 667 respondents, 603 of whom live in the UK, who answered a 5 minute online quantitative survey
- Recruitment occurred via Psoriasis 360 website and The Psoriasis Association
At Janssen, we are dedicated to addressing and solving some of the most important unmet medical needs of our time in oncology, immunology, neuroscience, infectious diseases and vaccines and metabolic diseases. Driven by our commitment to patients, we bring innovative products, services and solutions to people throughout the world. The legal entity of Janssen in the UK and Ireland is Janssen-Cilag Limited. Please visit http://www.janssen.co.uk for more information.
- The Know Your PASI Follow-Up Survey. Data on file. October 2012
- The Know Your PASI Survey. Data on file. October 2011
- National Institute for Clinical Excellence. Psoriasis. Assessment and management of psoriasis. Clinical Guideline: methods, evidence and recommendations. October 2012
- The NHS Outcomes Framework 2012/13. http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/documents/digitalasset/dh_131723.pdf . Last accessed October 2012
- The Psoriasis Association. Available at: http://www.psoriasis-association.org.uk. Accessed 22 October 2012
- Dubertret L et al. European patient perspectives on the impact of psoriasis: The EUROPSO patient membership survey. British Journal of Dermatology 2006:155:729-36
- Mrowietz U et al. Definition of treatment goals for moderate to severe psoriasis: A European consensus. Archives of Dermatological Research 2011;303:1-10
- US National Psoriasis Foundation. Available at http://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis/treatments/severity. Accessed on 22 October 2012.
"We've just seen a huge influx of new partners coming into our ecosystem, and partners building unique offerings on top of our API set," explained Seth Bostock, Chief Executive Officer at IndependenceIT, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 16th Cloud Expo, held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City.
Aug. 2, 2015 10:00 PM EDT Reads: 676
Mobile, social, Big Data, and cloud have fundamentally changed the way we live. “Anytime, anywhere” access to data and information is no longer a luxury; it’s a requirement, in both our personal and professional lives. For IT organizations, this means pressure has never been greater to deliver meaningful services to the business and customers.
Aug. 2, 2015 07:15 PM EDT Reads: 216
Digital Transformation is the ultimate goal of cloud computing and related initiatives. The phrase is certainly not a precise one, and as subject to hand-waving and distortion as any high-falutin' terminology in the world of information technology. Yet it is an excellent choice of words to describe what enterprise IT—and by extension, organizations in general—should be working to achieve. Digital Transformation means: handling all the data types being found and created in the organizat...
Aug. 2, 2015 06:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,121
SYS-CON Events announced today that HPM Networks will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. For 20 years, HPM Networks has been integrating technology solutions that solve complex business challenges. HPM Networks has designed solutions for both SMB and enterprise customers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
Aug. 2, 2015 05:45 PM EDT Reads: 505
Chuck Piluso presented a study of cloud adoption trends and the power and flexibility of IBM Power and Pureflex cloud solutions. Prior to Secure Infrastructure and Services, Mr. Piluso founded North American Telecommunication Corporation, a facilities-based Competitive Local Exchange Carrier licensed by the Public Service Commission in 10 states, serving as the company's chairman and president from 1997 to 2000. Between 1990 and 1997, Mr. Piluso served as chairman & founder of International Te...
Aug. 2, 2015 04:00 PM EDT Reads: 416
The Software Defined Data Center (SDDC), which enables organizations to seamlessly run in a hybrid cloud model (public + private cloud), is here to stay. IDC estimates that the software-defined networking market will be valued at $3.7 billion by 2016. Security is a key component and benefit of the SDDC, and offers an opportunity to build security 'from the ground up' and weave it into the environment from day one. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Reuven Harrison, CTO and Co-Founder of Tufin,...
Aug. 2, 2015 03:00 PM EDT Reads: 543
Container technology is sending shock waves through the world of cloud computing. Heralded as the 'next big thing,' containers provide software owners a consistent way to package their software and dependencies while infrastructure operators benefit from a standard way to deploy and run them. Containers present new challenges for tracking usage due to their dynamic nature. They can also be deployed to bare metal, virtual machines and various cloud platforms. How do software owners track the usag...
Aug. 2, 2015 02:00 PM EDT Reads: 245
SYS-CON Events announced today that MobiDev, a software development company, will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MobiDev is a software development company with representative offices in Atlanta (US), Sheffield (UK) and Würzburg (Germany); and development centers in Ukraine. Since 2009 it has grown from a small group of passionate engineers and business managers to a full-scale mobi...
Aug. 2, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Reads: 342
With SaaS use rampant across organizations, how can IT departments track company data and maintain security? More and more departments are commissioning their own solutions and bypassing IT. A cloud environment is amorphous and powerful, allowing you to set up solutions for all of your user needs: document sharing and collaboration, mobile access, e-mail, even industry-specific applications. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Shawn Mills, President and a founder of Green House Data, discussed h...
Aug. 2, 2015 11:45 AM EDT Reads: 478
For IoT to grow as quickly as analyst firms’ project, a lot is going to fall on developers to quickly bring applications to market. But the lack of a standard development platform threatens to slow growth and make application development more time consuming and costly, much like we’ve seen in the mobile space. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mike Weiner, Product Manager of the Omega DevCloud with KORE Telematics Inc., discussed the evolving requirements for developers as IoT matures and conducte...
Aug. 2, 2015 11:15 AM EDT Reads: 353
There are many considerations when moving applications from on-premise to cloud. It is critical to understand the benefits and also challenges of this migration. A successful migration will result in lower Total Cost of Ownership, yet offer the same or higher level of robustness. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Michael Meiner, an Engineering Director at Oracle, Corporation, analyzed a range of cloud offerings (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS) and discussed the benefits/challenges of migrating to each offe...
Aug. 2, 2015 11:00 AM EDT Reads: 170
One of the hottest areas in cloud right now is DRaaS and related offerings. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Dale Levesque, Disaster Recovery Product Manager with Windstream's Cloud and Data Center Marketing team, will discuss the benefits of the cloud model, which far outweigh the traditional approach, and how enterprises need to ensure that their needs are properly being met.
Aug. 2, 2015 09:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,698
In their session at 17th Cloud Expo, Hal Schwartz, CEO of Secure Infrastructure & Services (SIAS), and Chuck Paolillo, CTO of Secure Infrastructure & Services (SIAS), provide a study of cloud adoption trends and the power and flexibility of IBM Power and Pureflex cloud solutions. In his role as CEO of Secure Infrastructure & Services (SIAS), Hal Schwartz provides leadership and direction for the company.
Aug. 2, 2015 08:15 AM EDT Reads: 181
In a recent research, analyst firm IDC found that the average cost of a critical application failure is $500,000 to $1 million per hour and the average total cost of unplanned application downtime is $1.25 billion to $2.5 billion per year for Fortune 1000 companies. In addition to the findings on the cost of the downtime, the research also highlighted best practices for development, testing, application support, infrastructure, and operations teams.
Aug. 2, 2015 07:00 AM EDT Reads: 179
The Internet of Everything (IoE) brings together people, process, data and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before – transforming information into knowledge and knowledge into wisdom. IoE creates new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented opportunities to improve business and government operations, decision making and mission support capabilities.
Aug. 1, 2015 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 334