Application of the Health Belief Model to Current Treatment and Management of Plaque Psorias
Sittig-Runge, Patricia Anne
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This article explores the effects of current treatment modalities for plaque psoriasis, the application of the Health Belief Model to its management, and the concomitant ability to reduce the impact of the chronic disease. Patient education regarding proper care, implementation of alternative and standard therapies, and integration of patient-identified goals is explored. This education is critical to success in treating a chronic and recurrent disease. A brief summary of the disease process is given. Suggestions for raising the awareness of chronic disease education, especially in plaque psoriasis, are discussed. Tools to assist the nurse practitioner with applying the Health Belief Model and eliciting pertinent information to establish the diagnosis of psoriasis are included in the tables.