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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.

Citation:

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.