How we can achieve clear or almost clear skin
There are more psoriasis treatments — and more effective treatments — available today than ever before. And yet surveys conducted by NPF reveal that most people living with psoriasis are either dissatisfied with their treatment or not using treatments appropriate to their level of disease severity.
Now NPF’s Medical Board — a group of more than 30 experts in psoriatic disease diagnosis, treatment and research — has set specific treatment goals that will make achieving clear or almost clear skin the new standard of care for psoriasis. This treatment strategy, known as “Treat to Target,” was published online in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology in November 2016.
Under Treat to Target, a patient and their health care provider set specific targets or goals for improved health outcomes. The goals are meant to reduce the severity of plaque psoriasis so that it covers 1 percent or less of a person’s body within three months after starting a treatment. Establishing these recommendations aligns with NPF’s mission to drive efforts to cure psoriatic disease and dramatically improve the lives of those affected.
Click the links below to learn more about the recommendations, how they were developed, and what people with psoriasis and their providers can do to hit their treatment targets.