Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a chronic condition that requires lifelong pain and symptom management. So how can we help patients with PsA cope with this disease and prepare for the unexpected? Rheumatologist Dr. Joseph Huffstutter details counseling strategies and talks about how we can help these patients improve their quality of life while living with PsA.
Counseling Strategies to Help PsA Patients Cope with the Unexpected
You’re listening to Beyond Skin Deep: Impacts of Psoriatic Arthritis on ReachMD, sponsored by Lilly. On this program, rheumatologist Dr. Joseph Huffstutter discusses how we can help patients manage the lifelong effects of psoriatic arthritis. Let’s hear from Dr. Huffstutter now.
I think counseling every patient that I see is important, especially with a chronic illness like psoriatic arthritis. They need to understand the nature of the illness and try to get some buy-in, not only from the patients, but their support system. Their family, their friends can be key to patients’ successful navigation of treating psoriatic arthritis. I’m certainly not a counselor, nor do I have any credentials in that regard, but I think every rheumatologist does a fair amount of that when we deal with any chronic disease, especially psoriatic arthritis. There’s no cure for this, so that I think that patients need to understand they’re going to have to take medicines for a long time, probably the rest of their lives, but it doesn’t mean that they have to suffer the rest of their lives.
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- Guest: J. Eugene Huffstutter, MD
How can we help patients manage the lifelong effects of psoriatic arthritis?