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Documenting Patient Data in Psoriasis Clinical Practice—Patient Focus Groups Supporting Psoriasis Experts’ Decision-making

Authors Otten M, Augustin M

Received 17 December 2020

Accepted for publication 13 February 2021

Published 8 March 2021 Volume 2021:15 Pages 549—557

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/PPA.S297569

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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Dr Johnny Chen


Marina Otten, Matthias Augustin

German Center for Health Services Research in Dermatology (CVderm), Institute for Health Services Research in Dermatology and Nursing (IVDP), University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), Hamburg, Germany

Correspondence: Marina Otten
German Center for Health Services Research in Dermatology (CVderm), Institute for Health Services Research in Dermatology and Nursing (IVDP), University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), Martinistraße 52, Hamburg, 20246, Germany
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Background and Objectives: This article presents patients’ attitudes about documenting patient data and outcome measures in psoriasis clinical practice to support a Delphi approach of psoriasis experts to develop a standard data set.
Patients and Methods: We conducted three focus groups with 14 patients in a German outpatient unit for psoriasis. The focus was to explore reasons for and against the documentation of single variables concerning personal, anamnesis, clinical, patient-reported outcomes, and other data.
Results: The patients mainly discussed if a variable has an impact on the disease or treatment decision, or if there might be a practical value from experiences with treatments when documented. In addition, in their point of view, patient-reported outcome data are important to document as it enables physicians to learn about a patient’s subjective burden of disease. Patient education and the involvement of other physicians in the treatment process also emerged as relevant aspects.
Conclusion: The results help to understand patients’ preferences on documenting patient data and their idea of an exhaustive doctor–patient consultation to improve doctor–patient communication, disease monitoring, and quality of care.

Keywords: psoriasis, patient involvement, focus groups, documentation, patient data

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