By Neil Korman, MD, PhD
We all have our libraries of treasured dermatology books and atlases that we like to reference when treating certain conditions, but often there just isn’t time in the day to examine all the resources we’d like. That’s why I’m enthusiastic about the Academy’s psoriasis Web app, which makes the AAD’s information-rich psoriasis guidelines available in-clinic or wherever you need them.
The Web app provides clinicians with lots of direction on exactly how to do things and is very valuable to those who see patients with psoriasis. It’s also advantageous to those practitioners who don’t treat that many psoriasis cases because they can use the app to learn the treatment protocols and start to remember more about how to treat the disease.
All of the app’s knowledge is culled from the Academy’s well-regarded psoriasis guidelines.
It’s a 21st century approach to treating a skin condition. The app’s clinical decision tree makes it easy to follow the recommended course of treatment that varies with each patient. It also includes a quick-reference guide for diagnosis that includes images of patients who have psoriasis, as well as case studies, treatment algorithms, and a treatment reimbursement algorithm. All of this is accessible from the convenience of your mobile devices.
The psoriasis Web app puts a wealth of psoriasis treatment information at your fingertips for instant access.
All of the app’s knowledge is culled from the Academy’s well-regarded psoriasis guidelines, which were developed by the psoriasis expert guideline work group — of which I am a member — that was dedicated to creating the best possible reference for dermatologists. We reviewed the volumes of literature thoroughly and looked at topical, phototherapy, traditional systemic, and biologic treatments, and made a careful outline of everything we wanted to do. It was a strong, iterative process. When work group members had disagreements, we would work to come to a consensus on the best approach. Everything was very carefully documented and evidence-based, including some pieces that had as many as 150 to 250 references.
Treatment of psoriasis is still a moving target and an active area of investigation, as the “gaps in research” area of the Web app addresses. The first psoriasis guideline came out in 2008, and work continues on updating the guidelines as more current research is conducted. But you can feel confident that this body of knowledge provides the most up-to-date and clear options for treatment.
The early stats show that interest in the Web app is high: As of this week, the app has received a total of 1,800 visits after launching on Feb. 27. This indicates that users are finding it to be a valuable tool.
If you haven’t taken a look at the Web app yet, take a second and do it today. It can be a great time-saver for you and your patients.
Dr. Korman is the director of clinical trials, clinical director of the Murdough Family Center for Psoriasis and is professor of dermatology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland.