National Psoriasis Foundation

 

Patient Bill of Rights

Bill of Rights and Responsibilities for People with Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis

People with psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis have the right to receive medical care from a healthcare provider who understands that psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are serious autoimmune diseases that require lifelong treatment.

People with psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis have the responsibility to be actively involved in managing their disease by participating in healthcare decisions, closely following treatment plans recommended by their healthcare providers, and making healthy lifestyle choices to ease their symptoms.

People with psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis have the right to a healthcare provider who is able to fully assess their disease and related conditions, is knowledgeable about the benefits and risks of all psoriasis treatments and medications, and readily coordinates psoriasis treatment plans with the individual's other providers.

People with psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis have the responsibility to be honest with their healthcare provider about their health and lifestyle decisions that may affect the success of his or her treatment plan.

People with psoriasis have the right to expect clear or almost clear skin with effective treatment throughout their lifetime, and to seek another healthcare provider if his or her current provider is not comfortable with prescribing and monitoring the range of psoriasis treatments.

People with psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis have the responsibility to ask for support and encouragement from their loved ones, friends, healthcare providers, clergy and others with whom they feel comfortable discussing personal and health issues.

People with psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis have the right to be treated in a courteous and nondiscriminatory manner by their healthcare providers, employers and others.

National Psoriasis Foundation Our Mission: To drive efforts to cure psoriatic disease and improve the lives of those affected.