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Health Literacy May Benefit Patients with Psoriasis

Br J Dermatol; ePub 2018 Dec 31; Larsen, et al

Improving health literacy (HL) may be a useful strategy for reducing disparities in self‐management skills for patients with psoriasis, a recent study found. Interventions that aim to reduce disease severity and increase psoriasis knowledge, self‐ efficacy, and quality of life may positively increase HL. Researchers conducted a cross‐sectional study and data were collected from a cohort of patients with psoriasis who had participated in climate helio therapy from 2011‐2016 (n=825). HL was assessed by the Health Literacy Questionnaire (HLQ). The association between HL domains, demographic, clinical, and self‐management variables was analyzed using bivariate correlation and a 4‐step linear multiple regression model. They found:

  • The scores on all HLQ dimensions indicate lower health literacy compared to other populations.
  • The linear regression models showed a significant association between HL, quality of life, and self‐management variables, with higher HL predicting higher quality of life, self‐efficacy, and psoriasis knowledge.
  • Sex, educational attainment, age, and disease severity had less influence on health literacy.


Larsen MH, Strumse YAS, Borge CR, Osborne R, Andersen MH, Wahl AK. Health literacy—A new piece of the puzzle in psoriasis care? [Published online ahead of print December 31, 2018]. Br J Dermatol. doi:10.1111/bjd.17595.