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2024-07-04T14:35:30.000Z

Treatment preferences and unmet needs of patients with psoriasis in China

Jul 4, 2024
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Learning objective: After reading this article, learners will be able to cite a new clinical development in psoriasis.

Results of a survey of 50 dermatologists and 300 patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis (msPsO) from five regional dermatology centers in China have been published in Dermatology and Therapy by Kuang et al.1 The survey identified unmet needs and treatment preferences for the systematic treatment of patients with msPsO.

Key learnings:

Both dermatologists and patients with msPsO reported a preference for once-daily oral treatments over biweekly subcutaneous injections when efficacy and safety profiles were comparable.

The primary reasons for discontinuation of oral systemic treatments were unsatisfactory effectiveness and treatment toxicity, while loss of efficacy over time and injection site reactions were significant issues for biologics.

The study highlighted that traditional oral treatments remain the main systemic treatments for msPsO in China owing to their lower costs, with acitretin the most commonly used.

These findings suggest a need for more effective, safe, and convenient treatments that can maintain long-term efficacy, addressing the current unmet needs in the management of patients with msPsO in China.


  1. Kuang Y, Li Y, Lv C, et al. Unmet Needs and Treatment Preference of Systemic Treatments for Moderate-to-Severe Psoriasis from the Perspectives of Patients and Dermatologists in China. Dermatol Ther (Heidelb). 2024;14(5):1245-1257. DOI: 1007/s13555-024-01159-3

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