New session takes closer look at risk factors for psoriasis

PsoriasisPsoriasis is one of the most common diseases seen in dermatology today. That is why physicians need to take a fresh look at how to further improve quality of care by reviewing external factors associated with psoriasis, such as lifestyle behaviors and comorbid diseases. Director Anthony Fernandez, MD, will discuss this in his new workshop, “Risk Assessment Program to Improve and Document (RAPID) Care: A QI Program Targeting Risk Factor Reduction in Psoriasis” (W028) from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20.

The session will cover 10 unique psoriasis cases with a didactic presentation on quality improvement, Part-IV MOC, and associations between lifestyle or social habits and the onset of this disease. This includes improvements to the documentation of smoking and alcohol histories, as well as fluctuations in BMI measurement, to identify correlations and develop interventions.

“I believe dermatologists need to maintain their status as primary psoriatic disease caregivers. To do this, we need to be knowledgeable and engaged about not only the disease, but the comorbid diseases and social habits that are associated with psoriasis. This course will help improve the quality of care for these patients by going beyond just addressing another skin disease,” Dr. Fernandez said.

The session offers attendees 2 CME credits.

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