Translating psoriasis guidelines into practice: Important gaps revealed - Abstract
The American Academy of Dermatology developed educational sessions entitled Translating Evidence into Practice based on the published guidelines for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis
There is a well-established lack of adherence to evidence-based clinical guidelines. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has developed educational sessions entitled Translating Evidence into Practice based on published guidelines for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.
We sought to determine the effectiveness of Translating Evidence into Practical Sessions in improving patient care.
Pre- and post-session surveys were conducted at Translating Evidence into Practice sessions. A follow-up was administered 6 months after the completion of the most recent session, which was 2.5 years after the first session.
At both post-session and follow-up, over 92% of participants believed the sessions had improved their knowledge. The proportion of participants that self-reported assessment of severity, comorbidity, and quality of life has increased at follow-up. Participants' self-reported counseling of patients and confidence in the treatment of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis also increased at post-session and follow-up. More than 97% of participants thought the sessions would have a positive impact on their practice, while 50% reported making a change in practice.
Lack of a control group, the self-reported nature of the data, and the potential participant bias have limitations.
The AAD's Translating Evidence into Practice sessions are effective and well received for improving knowledge and practice and can be helpful in determining self-reported practice gaps.