Specialist and Patient Perspectives on Strategies to Improve Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Among Persons Living With Psoriatic Disease

Alix C. Gustafson, Joel M. Gelfand, Julia Davies, Adina E. Lieberman, Jennifer B. Mason, April W. Armstrong, Alexis Ogdie, Nehal N. Mehta, John S. Barbieri, Rinad S. Beidas*

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Background: Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease associated with excess risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Guidelines recognize psoriasis as a CVD risk enhancer; however, psoriasis patients often do not have CVD risk factors identified nor managed. Objective: This study examines strategies to improve CVD prevention care from the perspective of physicians and patients with psoriasis. Methods: Qualitative interviews were conducted using the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research to examine the perspectives of physicians (N = 16) and patients with psoriatic disease (N = 16) on barriers and facilitators to CVD prevention. Interviews were transcribed and coded using an integrated approach designed to enhance reliability and validity using NVivo software. Results: We found 3 major themes suggesting areas to target for the future: (1) Appropriateness: perceptions of whether CVD care should be deployed in this setting by both physicians and patients, (2) Feasibility: whether CVD prevention care could be integrated into the current structure of specialist practice, and (3) Care Coordination: an interest by all parties to better integrate a team approach in CVD preventative care to reduce duplicative efforts, work practically in an already existing system rather than reinventing the wheel, and progress with the patients’ best interests in mind. Conclusions: These findings will inform the design of a clinical trial comparing the effectiveness of specialist clinician implementation of CVD guideline-based prevention care in patients with psoriasis. Ultimately, this study aims to increase the lifespan and health of patients living with psoriatic disease by decreasing barriers to their receiving appropriate CVD prevention care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)174-186
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2022


  • cardiovascular disease
  • cholesterol
  • implementation science
  • psoriasis
  • psoriatic arthritis
  • qualitative interviews
  • risk reduction
  • statins

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology
  • Dermatology


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