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    Optimizing care for patients with psoriasis

    Research gaps suggest pathways for future progress

    Findings from research conducted in the last 10 years have led to significant advances in the care of patients with psoriasis. At the same time, however, these developments have highlighted important gaps in knowledge and brought to the forefront issues requiring further study, says Joel M. Gelfand, M.D., M.S.C.E.

    READ: Closing gaps in psoriasis research

    “The number of published scientific publications about psoriasis has increased exponentially since the early 2000s, and this research has led to enormous progress, including the introduction of better therapies and increased understanding of health outcomes related to psoriasis. Yet there are several major fundamental questions that we still need to answer,” he says.

    Dr. Gelfand is associate professor of dermatology and epidemiology, and director, Psoriasis and Phototherapy Treatment Center, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia. Speaking at the 74th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology, he highlighted the need for further research on topics relating to natural history, various public health and health economics issues, pediatric and long-term care, cardiometabolic comorbidities, and genetics. These and other research gaps in psoriasis were reviewed in a 2014 article co-authored by Dr. Gelfand.1

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