Assessing Patient Confidence in Biologic Medications

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    Wake Forest University Health Sciences
Updated on 27 November 2022
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tumor necrosis factor alpha
certolizumab pegol


In dermatology, biologic medications are used to treat conditions such as moderate-to-severe psoriasis. These medications generally function to decrease inflammation or disrupt the inflammatory cycle. Examples of biologic medications commonly used in dermatology include tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), blockers/inhibitors (etanercept, infliximab, certolizumab pegol, golimumab), interleukin 12/23 blockers (ustekinumab) and interleukin 17A blockers (secukinumab, ixekizumab).

Due to biologic medication's efficacy and safety profiles, they have revolutionized dermatology and the general medical field. However, patients may be apprehensive about choosing a biologic medication for a variety of reasons. These include hearing negative information about the drug from friends or family, being nervous about injection, or seeing the drug or its side effects negatively portrayed in the media. Many patients are not aware that clinical trial evidence for biologics exist, and instead may rely on anecdotal evidence in choosing to take these medications.

Because fear of the drug is inherently subjective, it can be modified with appropriate reassurance and presentation of evidence. Physicians must be able to ascertain from where the fear originates and how it can be countered. By understanding what kind of information will allow patients to be confident in their decision to take a biologic, dermatologists can improve outcomes and initiate use of this drug. Furthermore, reducing fear of side effects or adverse events may improve adherence to treatment and may improve treatment outcomes. The investigators propose this study with the goal of learning whether patients are more confident in the potential success of biologic medications in treating their psoriasis after being presented with clinical trial evidence, anecdotal evidence, or both.

Condition Psoriasis
Treatment Anecdotal Evidence, Research Study Evidence, Anecdotal + Research Study Evidence, No Evidence
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03168347
SponsorWake Forest University Health Sciences
Last Modified on27 November 2022

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