Depression risk for people with psoriatic disease

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Mental health needs of people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis should be addressed after an evidence review highlights these groups are at greater risk of depression.

Although previous reviews have looked at the prevalence of depression for people with psoriatic disease, no reviews have quantified the relative risk of depression following a diagnosis of psoriatic disease.

So a team set out to do just that. They analysed 19 studies and pooled the relative risk of depression in psoriasis patients compared to non-psoriasis controls.

“This review demonstrates that the risk of depression is greater in patients with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis,” the authors write. “Future research should focus on developing strategies to address the mental health needs of this patient population for depression, including primary prevention, earlier detection, and treatment strategies.”

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