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Dermatology Research and Practice
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 921737, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/921737
Research Article

Psoriasis Patients’ Knowledge about the Disease and Treatments

1Department of Health Sciences, Institute of Health and Society, University of Oslo, P.O. Box 1089, Blindern, 0317 Oslo, Norway
2Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Medical Faculty, University of Oslo, P.O. Box 1111, Blindern, 0317 Oslo, Norway
3Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bergen University College, P.O. Box 7030, 5020 Bergen, Norway
4Section for Climate Therapy, Oslo University Hospital, P.O. Box 4950, Nydalen, 0424 Oslo, Norway
5Department of Dermatology, Oslo University Hospital, P.O. Box 4950, Nydalen, 0424 Oslo, Norway

Received 25 April 2013; Accepted 3 June 2013

Academic Editor: Pablo Coto-Segura

Copyright © 2013 Astrid Klopstad Wahl et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Patients’ knowledge about psoriasis and its treatment has been randomly studied previously. The aim of the study is to investigate patients’ knowledge about psoriasis in relation to undergoing patient education in the context of climate therapy (CT). The psoriasis knowledge questionnaire (PKQ) was used in a follow-up pre–post study design of Norwegian patients with psoriasis at the age of 20 years and older undergoing CT at Gran Canaria (Spain). Patients completed the PKQ and provided selected demographic, clinical and health information before (T1), immediately after (T2), and 3 months after (T3) CT. Disease severity was assessed using the psoriasis area and severity index (PASI). 254 psoriasis patients were included (74%). The PKQ score improved significantly from T1 to T2 and T3 ( for both comparisons). Although patient’s knowledge improved, further research should use gold standard designs (experiments) to study the effects of educational interventions in different contexts.