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SHTAC review of the effectiveness of educational interventions for promoting quality of life among people with skin conditions to be presented at a British Psychological Society conference

Published: 17 September 2015
Chronic inflammatory skin condition
Improving quality of life among people with chronic inflammatory skin conditions

SHTAC’s Dr Karen Pickett will be presenting the findings from a recently completed systematic review of the effectiveness of educational interventions for promoting quality of life among people with chronic inflammatory skin conditions at the British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference.

Some people with chronic inflammatory skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis and acne, and their carers can experience poor quality of life, due to the impact of the condition on their physical, psychological and social well-being. Current treatment guidelines advocate that patients’ quality of life should be considered in the management of their condition. It has been suggested that educating patients and their carers about their condition, its treatment, and how they can self-manage it and the effects it has on their lives may help improve their quality of life. SHTAC was commissioned by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment (HTA) programme to conduct a systematic review of the research evidence to examine the effectiveness of educational interventions for improving quality of life among people with chronic inflammatory skin conditions.

Dr Pickett will be presenting the findings from the review during a poster session between 11.00 and 12.10 on the 18th September at the BPS Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference in London, in a presentation entitled, ‘A systematic review of the effectiveness of educational interventions for promoting quality of life among people with chronic inflammatory skin conditions’. The conference showcases new research and developments in health psychology. The findings from the review will be published in full in the NIHR journal Health Technology Assessment in October 2015.

For more information about SHTAC’s research into skin diseases, please visit our Research page.

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