Psoriasis treatment and management - a systematic review of full economic evaluations.

MP Hamilton, D Ntais, CEM Griffiths, Linda Davies, Identification and Management of Psoriasis-Associated Co-morbidiTy (IMPACT) Team

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    Psoriasis frequently requires lifetime control and current therapies vary significantly in price. High quality economic evaluations are necessary to determine if higher cost treatments are value for money. This review aims to: identify the cost-effectiveness of psoriasis care (whether more expensive interventions are associated with savings in health care and psoriasis management and/or improve patients' health); assess the level of uncertainty and transferability of this evidence to policy and practice and; identify future research needs. Searches of electronic databases EMBASE, MEDLINE and NHS EED for full economic evaluations were conducted in January 2012 (updated April 2014). Included articles were screened, selected and critically appraised using pre-defined inclusion criteria and data extraction forms.1,355 articles were identified; 37 papers reporting 71 comparisons met the inclusion criteria. Treatments evaluated were systemic (n=45), topical (n=22), phototherapies (n=14) and combination (n=4). Despite a significant number of recent economic evaluations, the cost-effectiveness of all therapies remains unclear. This reflects diversity in settings, perspective and design. Economic evaluations were constrained by limited availability of high quality short and long term head-to-head comparisons of the effectiveness, safety and adherence of different interventions. This means the economic evidence is dominated by comparisons of interventions to placebo, with implicit comparisons of different therapies. There is a lack of evaluations of service model innovations to deliver complex packages of care for psoriasis. Primary and secondary integrated clinical and economic research is needed to address the limitations and to identify patient preferences and barriers/facilitators to treatment. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalThe British journal of dermatology
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 16 Oct 2014


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