Author(s): Mrowietz U, Kragballe K, Nast A, Reich K
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Abstract Targeted treatment, early intervention and the use of treatment goals is a new approach in medicine that has been implemented across several disciplines (e.g. diabetes, pulmonary arterial hypertension and rheumatoid arthritis) over the last 5-10 years. As in other chronic diseases, well-defined treatment goals may be helpful in guiding physicians in their care of patients with psoriasis, thereby obviating poor outcomes. Individual treatment goals were recently developed for the first time in psoriasis by a European Consensus group of experts from 19 European countries to supplement guidelines and promote the consistent use of available therapies to improve patient care. Goal-oriented therapy involves treating according to a treatment algorithm, regularly monitoring therapeutic response and prompt modification of therapy if goals are not met. In the absence of hard outcomes in psoriasis (e.g. biomarkers or biomedical predictors of clinical response), the European Consensus group based their treatment goals on changes in Psoriasis Area Severity Index and Dermatology Life Quality Index scores. Further evidence generation is important to determine whether surrogate markers for disease progression (e.g. co-morbidities) or predictors of clinical response can be identified for psoriasis. Furthermore, psoriasis may have a potential cumulative effect on the life course of patients, the understanding of which is likely to provide the rationale for earlier treatment strategies in psoriasis. For the work of the European Consensus group to have an impact on clinical care, transmission of treatment goals into guidelines, along with implementation of treatment goals at both the regional and national level is needed. Thus, dermatology experts from Europe, the Middle East, Australia and Canada gathered in Frankfurt, 2010, for a 1.5 day educational meeting run by the Progressive Psoriasis Initiative to discuss how treatment goals in psoriasis might best be implemented in clinical practice. The meeting conclusions are presented here. © 2011 The Authors. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology © 2011 European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.
This article was published in J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol
and referenced in Arts and Social Sciences Journal