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Positive changes in self-management and disease severity following climate therapy in people with psoriasis

Wahl, Astrid K., Langeland, Eva, Larsen, Marie H., Robinson, Hilde S., Osborne, Richard H. and Krogstad, Anne-Lene 2015, Positive changes in self-management and disease severity following climate therapy in people with psoriasis, Acta dermato-venereologica, vol. 95, no. 3, pp. 317-321, doi: 10.2340/00015555-1939.

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Title Positive changes in self-management and disease severity following climate therapy in people with psoriasis
Author(s) Wahl, Astrid K.
Langeland, Eva
Larsen, Marie H.
Robinson, Hilde S.
Osborne, Richard H.ORCID iD for Osborne, Richard H.
Krogstad, Anne-Lene
Journal name Acta dermato-venereologica
Volume number 95
Issue number 3
Start page 317
End page 321
Total pages 5
Publisher Society for the Publication of Acta Dermato-Venereologica
Place of publication Stockholm, Sweden
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1651-2057
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
climate therapy
disease severity
Summary The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of climate therapy on self-management in people with psoriasis. This was a prospective study of 254 adults with chronic psoriasis who participated in a 3-week climate therapy (CT) programme. The 8-scale Health Education Impact Questionnaire (heiQ) was completed at baseline, after 3 weeks of CT, and 3 months later. Change was assessed using paired sample t-tests mean (95% confidence interval) change scores (range 1-4). All heiQ scales showed statistically significant improvement after 3 weeks of CT. The greatest improvement was in Health-directed activity, followed by Emotional distress, and Skill and technique acquisition. At the 3-month follow-up, only the Emotional distress scale remained improved. In addition, disease severity (self-administered PASI; SAPASI) improved significantly from before CT to 3 weeks and 3 months after CT. This study suggests that CT provides a range of benefits that are important to people with psoriasis, particularly in the short term. A challenge is how to achieve long-term benefits.
Language eng
DOI 10.2340/00015555-1939
Field of Research 110304 Dermatology
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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