Patient Axis: A Multidisciplinary, Patient-Centered Approach to Improving Outcomes in Psoriasis

Released On
July 31, 2019

Expires On
July 31, 2020

Media Type

Completion Time
15 minutes

Dermatology, Primary Care, Internal Medicine

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Co-provided by Purdue College of Pharmacy and Integrity Continuing Education, Inc.


Supported by independent educational grants from Celgene Corporation and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. Supported by an educational grant from Janssen Biotech, Inc., administered by Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC.

Credit Available

  • Physicians — maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)

All other healthcare professionals completing this course will be issued a statement of participation.

Target Audience

This educational initiative has been designed for dermatologists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants involved in the management of patients with psoriasis.

Program Overview

Psoriasis is a common, debilitating disease for which there are many treatment options, creating complex choices for patients and clinicians. This activity will engage, inform, and educate learners on best practices for conversing with patients regarding their beliefs about psoriasis and expectations for disease treatment and management. There will be a focus on shared decision-making regarding goals of treatment, the treatment plan, and coordination of care with a multidisciplinary team.

A patient’s journey through the physical symptoms and complications of the disease, in combination with the emotional impact, makes management of the disease an incredible burden for patients. In fact, as found in the 2018 Psoriasis in America patient survey, 28% of patients wished they had received help with selecting a treatment plan to manage their disease. Empowering the patient to take an active role in the management of their disease is a focus of the curriculum. A series of short interactive video interviews between a standardized patient with psoriasis and their interactions with the healthcare provider and interviews with a patient advocate will be featured. This activity will provide dermatologists with practical strategies to ensure patients are informed regarding their condition and fully able to contribute to decision-making about future treatment options.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Implement a multidisciplinary approach to the care of patients with psoriasis in order to effectively manage the underlying disease and associated comorbidities
  • Assess recent findings in the medical literature regarding FDA-approved therapies for psoriasis, along with safety and efficacy data on novel therapies undergoing late-stage clinical trials
  • Illustrate the importance of patient-centered care on addressing burdens associated with psoriasis


April W. Armstrong, MD, MPH

Professor of Dermatology
Associate Dean of Clinical Research
Director, Psoriasis Program
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California

Accreditation Statement

Purdue College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physician Credit Designation

Purdue College of Pharmacy designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest

Purdue College of Pharmacy requires instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by Purdue College of Pharmacy for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations. The following faculty/planners reported the financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of these CME activities:

April W. Armstrong, MD, MPH

  • Consulting Fees: AbbVie, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Dermavant, Eli Lilly, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Leo Pharma, Modernizing Medicine, Novartis, Ortho
  • Contracted Research: Abbvie, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Dermira, Eli Lilly, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Kyowa Hakko Kirin, Leo Pharma, Novartis, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

The Purdue College of Pharmacy and Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. planners have nothing to disclose.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. Purdue College of Pharmacy, Integrity Continuing Education, Inc., Celgene Corporation, Janssen Biotech, Inc., and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of any organization associated with this activity. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

There are no fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity. During the period of July 31, 2019 through July 31, 2020 participants must:

  • Read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures
  • Complete the pretest
  • Study the educational activity
  • Complete the posttest and the evaluation form

A statement of credit will be issued only upon receipt of a completed activity evaluation form and a completed posttest with a score of 75% or better.

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The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

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