Psoriasis patient data collection

In 2009, Congress approved $1.5 million in initial funding for the government to begin collecting public health information on psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

The data collection effort, housed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, will collect information about people with psoriatic disease, the other diseases they may have that are connected with psoriasis, and how their psoriasis changes over time.

What will we learn?

Researchers and doctors hope the psoriasis data collection will help them understand:

  • How often chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease are associated with psoriasis;
  • How early intervention may affect the onset of psoriatic arthritis or chronic conditions associated with psoriasis;
  • What environmental or lifestyle factors might contribute to or change psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis; and
  • How factors like age, race or gender may interact with the diseases; and
  • Why factors like disease severity, flares, and response to treatment can differ from one patient to the next.

Understanding these factors will help identify new research possibilities and bring us closer to a cure.

Learn more about psoriasis data collection efforts at the CDC