Background: Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a chronic inflammatory disease that can produce disabling joint symptoms, adding significantly to the physical and psychosocial burden of psoriasis. Early detection is important to allow the development of an appropriate care plan to delay the onset of PsA and maximize the patient's quality of life. Our aim was to present the criteria, based on evidence and expert opinion, for a multidisciplinary approach to the management of PsA in a patient already characterized by skin manifestation. Methods: An expert panel from the principal psoriatic care units of the Campania region of Italy met to discuss their mutual experience of the multidisciplinary approach to the management of psoriatic disease and to describe an integrated dermatologic/rheumatologic approach focused on the early diagnosis, management, and treatment of PsA. Results: Two types of consultation modalities were considered most relevant to the care of patients with psoriatic disease in Italy: the parallel approach and the face-to-face care unit approach. Screening criteria for multidisciplinary care unit admission were described, with dermatologists, as the primary managers of the majority of patients with psoriasis, playing a critical role in introducing patients early on to therapy. Conclusions: An integrated management approach may enhance patient care by ensuring early diagnosis and treatment, with the potential to achieve better outcomes for both skin and musculoskeletal manifestations of psoriasis. The multidisciplinary care unit model is an effective and satisfying collaborative approach, not only optimizing outcomes and satisfaction for the patient but strengthening collaboration between the specialties.

A multidisciplinary care unit approach for the management of psoriatic arthritis: an Italian experience

Cacciapuoti, Sara;Foglia, Francesca;Megna, Matteo;Raimondo, Mariangela
2022

Abstract

Background: Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a chronic inflammatory disease that can produce disabling joint symptoms, adding significantly to the physical and psychosocial burden of psoriasis. Early detection is important to allow the development of an appropriate care plan to delay the onset of PsA and maximize the patient's quality of life. Our aim was to present the criteria, based on evidence and expert opinion, for a multidisciplinary approach to the management of PsA in a patient already characterized by skin manifestation. Methods: An expert panel from the principal psoriatic care units of the Campania region of Italy met to discuss their mutual experience of the multidisciplinary approach to the management of psoriatic disease and to describe an integrated dermatologic/rheumatologic approach focused on the early diagnosis, management, and treatment of PsA. Results: Two types of consultation modalities were considered most relevant to the care of patients with psoriatic disease in Italy: the parallel approach and the face-to-face care unit approach. Screening criteria for multidisciplinary care unit admission were described, with dermatologists, as the primary managers of the majority of patients with psoriasis, playing a critical role in introducing patients early on to therapy. Conclusions: An integrated management approach may enhance patient care by ensuring early diagnosis and treatment, with the potential to achieve better outcomes for both skin and musculoskeletal manifestations of psoriasis. The multidisciplinary care unit model is an effective and satisfying collaborative approach, not only optimizing outcomes and satisfaction for the patient but strengthening collaboration between the specialties.
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