Best-practice Indicators in Psoriatic Disease Care

Philip S. Helliwell, Guillaume Favier, Dafna D. Gladman, Enrique R. Soriano, Bruce W. Kirkham, Laura C. Coates, Luis Puig, Wolf Henning Boehncke, Diamant Thaçi


OBJECTIVE: In 2016, members of the Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis (GRAPPA), in collaboration with KPMG LLP (UK), conducted a study to measure care in psoriatic arthritis (PsA). A key finding was that centers do not usually have processes in place to measure the effect of improved quality of care. Our objectives were to identify and select best-practice indicators to enable PsA caregivers to assess and monitor the outcomes of specific initiatives aimed at improving care in 4 focus areas: (1) shortening time to diagnosis; (2) improving multidisciplinary collaboration; (3) optimizing disease management; and (4) improving disease monitoring. METHODS: (1) Structured review of scientific and grey literature to obtain evidence for a long list of 100 potential indicators across the 4 focus areas; (2) survey expert rheumatologists and dermatologists to review the long list and identify the most meaningful and feasible indicators for use in day-to-day practice; (3) consensus discussion to identify a shortlist of indicators based on predefined selection criteria; (4) electronic group discussion to refine definitions of shortlisted indicators and targets; and (5) review of the shortlisted indicators at the annual GRAPPA meeting in July 2018 to ensure the indicators meet the preliminary criteria. RESULTS: The expert group arrived at a consensus with a shortlist of 8 best-practice indicators across 4 key focus areas aligned with the patient pathway. CONCLUSION: There were 8 evidence-based best-practice indicators and respective targets that were identified to enable the monitoring of quality of care and target improvements.

Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Journal of rheumatology. Supplement
Pages (from-to)38-45
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 01.06.2019

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Infection and Inflammation Research (ZIEL)


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