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CREATING TREATMENT GOALS

When Your Treatment Plan Needs A Checkup

If you’ve been living with psoriasis for some time and are feeling frustrated with your treatment, there are ways to take back control when you hit a wall.

Here’s how you can get started.

Setting Goals: Building the Foundation

When it comes to treatment goals, the more specific you can be, the better.

If you’re not sure where to start, think about how things could improve with your symptoms and treatment. Add any notes on how psoriasis affects your life beyond your skin, such as stress or mental health. Shape those goals into discussion points for your next appointment.

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Leading the Discussion With Your Dermatologist

When your dermatologist asks, “So how have things been?” that’s your chance to shape the conversation.

The discussion points below, whether it’s one or all, can help your dermatologist understand how you’re feeling about your treatment experience and what you’d like to address.

  • Describe how much clearer you’d like your skin to be. Ask your dermatologist how you can get there.
  • Share what symptom relief would look like to you. Is it fewer flare ups? Less of an impact on your life beyond your skin? Be specific with details.
  • Do you have a time frame for clearance? A life event such as a wedding or a vacation? Ask how to reach your milestones.
  • What treatments have you already tried? Does it feel like you’re still not making enough progress? Ask about other treatment options.
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Words Into Action: Get the Conversation Started

If you’re ready to take the lead in the conversation but not sure where to start, you can get more comfortable by practicing what to tell your doctor. Here’s an example of how to express yourself in an easy way for your doctor to understand. Try it out at your next visit.

I’ve been on my current treatment for [ time ], but I’m still experiencing [ symptom ]. I’d like to have [ result ] by [ date ]. How can we get there?

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MAKING IT WORK: Remember, psoriasis treatment is a partnership. You deserve to feel respected and heard. What are some things to look for when it comes to your doctor-patient relationship? Find out what to expect from your dermatologist.

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