The importance of understanding patient and physician preferences for psoriasis treatment characteristics: a systematic review of discrete-choice experiments

Noem Sain*, Damon Willems, Mata Charokopou, Mickael Hiligsmann

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Introduction:Treatment adherence continues to be a major challenge in psoriasis. Patient preference studies, especially discrete-choice experiments, are gaining popularity to gather insights into patient reported treatment outcomes. This systematic literature review aimed to critically assess all discrete choice experiments exploring patients' and physicians' preferences for psoriasis treatment characteristics. Methods:PubMed and EMBASE databases were searched using keywords "psoriasis" and "preferences" to identify relevant literature. Discrete-choice experiments conducted in French or English from the year 2000 onwards, that focused on evaluating psoriasis treatment preferences in patients and/or physicians, were included. The relative importance of treatment attributes was assessed and studies were critically appraised using validated checklists. Results:Out of 987 articles identified, 25 articles fulfilled the inclusion criteria. Overall, patients and physicians prioritize efficacy-specific outcomes. Patients are shown to place greater importance to process attributes when compared to physicians, especially route and location of administration. Physicians focus primarily of efficacy attributes, however when the top two attributes are considered, safety outcomes increasingly become considered important. Of the studies, 60% conducted subgroup analysis, of which many reported associations between specific patient characteristics and preferences. Factors such as age, disease severity, and duration of condition significantly affected preferences for treatment attributes. Conclusions:This review provides insight into the types of attributes that patients and physicians value most, and therefore can help improve shared decision-making. The findings of this study also encourage regulatory agencies to continue integrating patient preferences in their decision-making.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1257-1275
Number of pages19
JournalCurrent Medical Research and Opinion
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2 Aug 2020


  • Systematic literature review
  • discrete-choice experiment
  • conjoint analysis
  • psoriasis
  • patient preferences
  • physician preferences


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