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A Phenomenological Study of The Psoriasis Patient Receiving Home Phototherapy

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Background: Psoriasis is a common skin disorder. A popular choice of treatment is hospital-based narrowband ultraviolet B (NB-UVB). However, this incurs disruption to lifestyle due to travel, time and work commitments. An alternative way of delivering NB-UVB is self-administration in the patient's home. Aim: Despite extensive research relating to the efficacy of phototherapy, no literature identified has explored the experiences and beliefs of psoriasis patients regarding home phototherapy. The aim of the study was to obtain an understanding of the lived experience of a group of patients receiving treatments in their home. Method: A phenomenological study was undertaken to explore the lived experience of patients who received a course of home phototherapy for psoriasis instead of conventional phototherapy treatment in secondary care. Results: The study revealed that living with psoriasis can place an enormous burden on patients and their families. Patients embraced the concept of home phototherapy, which has minimal disruption to lifestyle. Summary: Home phototherapy goes some way to giving patients more autonomy and control over their condition. There is a need to change treatment attitudes and concentrate on the benefits of this treatment modality rather than the risks.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2016

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  • Dermatological Nursing is the quarterly, peer-reviewed journal of the British Dermatological Nursing Group (BDNG) and the UK's only quality dermatological nursing journal. It aims to provide cutting-edge articles on the treatment and management of dermatological conditions and the care of patients with skin problems. While the focus is on dermatological nursing, the information included is relevant to other healthcare professionals.
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