Top questions and conversation starters
The more you understand about psoriasis and the treatment options that are available to you, the more confident you should feel about managing your symptoms.
Your best starting point is to talk everything through with your doctor or nurse. You have the right to be involved in decisions about what treatments you have1,2 Therefore, it is important you understand your options. Your doctor should give you all the information you need and you should have plenty of time to ask as many questions as you want in your appointment.1,2 If you don’t have enough time you should be offered another appointment, but if not, you could book another one on your way out. You may want to ask for a double appointment slot the next time.1,2 Your doctor should also recommend other places you can find information, like reliable websites,1,2
The more questions you ask, the more you will know about your condition.
If you're not sure what to ask, the following questions will point you in the right direction:1,2 Questions about psoriasis:
- What is psoriasis?
- What type of psoriasis do I have?
- Why do I have psoriasis?
- What's causing my symptoms?
Questions about treating psoriasis:
- What are my treatment options and what can I expect from them?
- How often do I need to use my treatment and how will it be administered?
- How does it work?
- What are the benefits of this treatment and how soon might I see results?
- How long will I need to take/use my treatment?
- What are the possible side effects of my treatment?
- Why do you think this treatment is right for me?
Questions about living with psoriasis?
- Do I need to make any changes to my lifestyle?
- Do I need to make any changes to my diet?
- Are there any patient support groups in my local area or nationally?
- Can you provide me with any information leaflets, brochures or websites?
- Is there anything else I can do to manage my condition?
Hopefully these questions have got you thinking about the issues that matter to you. What works for someone else may not work for you. Working with your doctor you should find a treatment that is right for you.3
This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.
UK/IE MAT-27014 Date of prep: July 2019
- NICE guidance. Experiencing good NHS care: what you can expect. 2012.
- NICE guidance. Patient experience in adult NHS services: improving the experience of care for people using adult NHS services. 2012.
- www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis/treatments (accessed July 2019).