Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is an inflammatory condition closely related to and frequently co-occurring with psoriasis. Both PsA and psoriasis are chronic life-long autoimmune conditions. While psoriasis primarily affects the skin, PsA has highly variable symptoms that present in different patterns with different patients. Among the most common symptoms are pain, swelling, and stiffness of the joints; inflammation of ligaments and tendons; and fatigue.
Psoriatic Arthritis In America survey
Health Union conducted an online survey of people with PsA, titled “Psoriatic Arthritis In America 2016,” to identify the range of challenges and treatment experiences of people living with PsA. A key finding of this survey is that the process of getting a PsA diagnosis is often frustrating and lengthy. Most people with PsA experience multiple symptoms over a period of years before they are properly diagnosed.
In the majority of cases, psoriasis precedes PsA, with PsA often developing within five to ten years after the onset of psoriasis. However, in about 10% to 15% of patients, PsA will develop before psoriasis.
The Psoriatic Arthritis In America 2016 survey was conducted online between June 20 and July 27, 2016. The survey gathered insights from 511 individuals who were diagnosed with PsA. Of the 511 people who completed the survey, 64% were also diagnosed with psoriasis. To be included in the final survey results, individuals reported they were diagnosed with PsA by a healthcare professional, and they currently lived in the U.S.