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Nonadherence to psoriasis medication as an outcome of limited coping resources and conflicting goals: findings from a qualitative interview study with people with psoriasis

Thorneloe, R. J., Bundy, Christine, Griffiths, C. E. M., Ashcroft, D. M. and Cordingley, L. 2017. Nonadherence to psoriasis medication as an outcome of limited coping resources and conflicting goals: findings from a qualitative interview study with people with psoriasis. British Journal of Dermatology 176 (3) , pp. 667-676. 10.1111/bjd.15086

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Abstract

Background Medication nonadherence is known to limit the effectiveness of available therapies; however, little is known specifically about medication adherence in people with psoriasis. Medicines self-management can feel onerous to those with dermatological conditions due to the nature of therapies prescribed and many individuals with psoriasis experience additional challenges such as physical and psychological comorbidities that place significant additional demands on individuals and may undermine adherence. Viewing nonadherence to medication as an outcome of limited personal coping resources and conflicting goals may help to explain medication nonadherence. Objectives To explore individuals’ perspectives of their psoriasis, medication and its management. Methods Twenty people with psoriasis were recruited from community samples in England and interviewed in-depth about their perceptions of their psoriasis, medication, and adherence to medication and self-management advice. Data were analysed using Framework Analysis. Results Participants reported that adhering to recommended treatment regimens conflicted with the management of the physical and psychological demands of living with psoriasis. Medication usage was viewed as a source of unresolved emotional distress and, for some, resulted in poor self-reported adherence, which included medication overuse, underuse and rejection of prescribed therapies. Perceived lack of engagement by clinicians with participants’ self-management difficulties was viewed as an additional source of stress and distress. Conclusions Adhering to medication in psoriasis can be an additional source of considerable emotional distress. We interpreted some episodes of nonadherence to psoriasis medication as rational attempts by individuals to minimize distress and to gain control over their life.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Additional Information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License,
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0007-0963
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 8 February 2018
Date of Acceptance: 20 September 2016
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2019 15:33
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/108880

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