Psoriatic Disease Patient Navigation Center Achieves Milestone
Over 10,000 people accessed personalized support to improve health outcomes
Portland, Ore. (January 8, 2017) — Established to provide free, personalized and direct support to people managing the vast array of issues related to psoriatic disease, the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) Patient Navigation Center has served more than 10,000 people within two years of opening.
For over fifty years, the NPF has recognized that individuals living with psoriatic disease experience challenges managing the chronic and complex nature of psoriatic disease. The Patient Navigation Center is one way the Foundation can help people better understand and access the most appropriate therapies to treat their disease. The Patient Navigation Center also allows NPF to advance its goal of dramatically improving health outcomes for all with psoriatic disease.
“Even when receiving the best of care, psoriatic disease can be hard to manage,” said Randy Beranek, president and CEO, NPF. “We want people to have a resource for asking questions, getting help and learning more about treatment options so they are better prepared to talk with their health care provider about the best way to manage their psoriatic disease. That is what the Patient Navigation Center does, and we’re proud to have helped so many people.”
Created to complement the guidance of a dedicated health care provider and to fill a critical gap, the Patient Navigation Center provides free, personalized assistance to people impacted by psoriatic disease, their families and caregivers. Whether it is assisting with one question or providing on-going support through a particular issue or crisis, Patient Navigators work one-on-one with people to provide the resources needed to improve their health.
The information and services provided by the Patient Navigation Center are not a substitute for the consultation and supervision of health care professionals. The Patient Navigation Center does not provide any diagnosis or medical services; it is designed to augment the help provided by a health care provider.
Living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis can be an everyday battle. Psoriatic disease affects people differently - from itching, exhaustion, searing pain and potentially debilitating aches, to the risk of comorbid conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The good news is that today there are more safe and effective options for treating psoriatic disease than ever before. If you or a loved one are concerned about the current state of your disease, contact the Patient Navigation Center for information and resources to improve your health.
About the National Psoriasis Foundation
Serving its community through more than 50 years of patient support, advocacy, research funding, and education, the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is the world’s leading nonprofit fighting for individuals with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. The NPF mission is to drive efforts to cure psoriatic disease and dramatically improve the lives of more than 8 million Americans affected by this chronic immune-mediated disease. As part of that effort, NPF created its Patient Navigation Center to offer personalized assistance to everyone with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. To date, NPF has funded more than $21 million in research grants and fellowships that help drive discoveries that may lead to more and better treatments and ultimately a cure. Learn more at www.psoriasis.org.