Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that affects 2% to 4% of the western population. It leads to psoriatic arthritis, heart disease, depression, and anxiety. Biologics is a type of medicine for treating patients with psoriasis. This study explored the everyday life experiences of psoriasis patients who are undergoing biologics treatment. The aim was to improve the quality of care offered through biologics.
The researchers investigated the patients’ daily experiences to understand their needs. A qualitative narrative methodology was the primary method of study for this purpose, and data from 15 semi-structured interviews and 48 hours of patient consultations is the sample. Researchers analyzed it according to Ricoeur’s theory of interpretation.
The results showed that biologics were a turning point in the patients’ life. Their physical, mental, and emotional levels got significantly impacted. There was a hindrance to the identity of the patients due to isolation and social withdrawal. Their self-image got negatively affected due to fear of psoriasis marks. They were also insecure about discontinuing biological treatment. The patients were also reluctant to discuss these concerns with health care professionals freely.
The study concluded that patients need support and assistance as they enter biologics care. Their fears of discontinuing the treatment also have to get adequately addressed.