Psychosocial health is often negatively impacted in psoriatic arthritis (PsA), according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine.

Psychosocial health is known to be a pivotal driver of quality of life (QoL) in axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA), but its effect is often overlooked in clinical practice, the investigators noted.

In this study, researchers analyzed 111 patients with axSpa and 90 with PsA from two rheumatology centers. Stress handling and emotional functions were subsequently assessed based on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health.

According to the results, patients with axSpA were less likely to report stress-handling issues than patients with PsA. In both groups, as noted by the investigators, disease activity and severity were correlated with alterations in psychosocial health. As such, the researchers concluded that psychosocial factors appear to have a greater effect on QoL in patients with PsA.

Reference: Queiro R, Alonso S, Morante I, Alperi M. Non-Physical Disease Facets in Spondyloarthritis: An ASAS Health Index-Based Analysis between Psoriatic Arthritis and Axial Spondyloarthritis. J Clin Med. 2022;11(20):6094. doi:10.3390/jcm11206094