Psoriasis Care Consumption and Expectations from a Gender Perspective in a Psoriasis Population in Northern Sweden
Margaretha Uttjek A1, A2, Mona Duf
The aim was to analyse use of psoriasis care and expectations from a gender perspective in a psoriasis population. The study is based on questionnaire data from 1060 subjects. The response rate was 74%. The relation between care consumption and studied variables was measured using regression and chi-square analysis. Care consumption was strongly influenced by age, quality of life, income and joint symptoms. Men visited a dermatologist more often, while women visited a general practitioner and treated themselves topically more frequently. Important expectations among both women and men concerned the receiving of professional care and amelioration, while more women wanted to be treated politely. Expectations were fulfilled, except those regarding amelioration, especially among men. Awareness of gender differences is important among professionals. In order to decrease such differences decision-makers should provide for a maintained specialized care as well as a local health care system of high standard.