Data have elucidated the impact of psoriasis on the quality of life (QoL) of affected patients. Now research suggests that partners of patients experience psychological distress. Researchers showed that patient psoriasis severity and patient QoL were correlated with partner psychological distress. The largest QoL impairment was observed in female patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis. (J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2020 ePub)
There was no relationship between partner QoL and patient age and duration of psoriasis. Most patients, but less than half of the partners, reported sexual dysfunction (SDy) with age being a being a significantly more important impacting factor than disease severity. Both psoriasis clinical severity and/or a significant impact on QoL were associated factors for SDy in male partners of psoriasis women, but not in female partners of psoriatic men.