How online support groups help patients with psoriasis

Patients with dermatological disease often find it difficult to participate in patient support groups.

Online support options may be particularly helpful in these cases.

MedPage Today reports a small study that looked at patients, mostly with moderate-to-severe psoriasis, who participated in an online support group. Almost half reported an improvement in quality of life, with those who were most involved benefiting the most.

With the prevalence of suicidal ideation being as high as 10 percent in patients with this degree of psoriasis, having the necessary support, whether online or not, can help them better cope with the psychosocial aspects of their condition.