Noncommunicable diseases and their risk factors

Psoriasis

Psoriasis, which can involve the skin, nails and joints, is a chronic, painful, disfiguring and disabling noncommunicable disease (NCD) for which there is no cure. It negatively impacts on quality of life. Some of those who suffer from the disease develop chronic, inflammatory arthritis (psoriatic arthritis) that leads to joint deformations and disability. People with psoriasis are also reported to be at increased risk of developing other serious clinical conditions such as cardiovascular and other NCDs.

People with psoriasis are frequently stigmatized and excluded from normal social environments. They commonly report experiencing loneliness, isolation and feelings of being unattractive. As such, there is a significant cost to mental well-being, such as higher rates of depression. Disability, lost opportunities in professional life and high treatment expenses can add to the significant socioeconomic burden for people with psoriasis. Costs are substantial also for the health care system.

In response to the resolution on psoriasis adopted by the 67th World Health Assembly in 2014 (WHA 67.9), WHO has developed a Global report on psoriasis, and included information about psoriasis on this web site, to help raise awareness of the range of ways that psoriasis can affect peoples’ lives. The report intends to empower policy-makers with practical solutions to improve the health care and social inclusion of people living with psoriasis.

Related links

Global report on psoriasis
Fact sheet
Feature story
WHA resolution