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BRIEF REPORT
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 38  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 35-38

Personal experience and knowledge about psoriasis reduce misconceptions and discriminatory behavior toward people living with psoriasis in Malaysia


1 Department of Medicine, Division of Dermatology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2 Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
3 Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Zhenli Kwan
Department of Medicine, Division of Dermatology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ds.ds_27_19

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Stigmatization and social anxiety affecting people living with psoriasis have been associated with poorer quality of life and psychological comorbidities. We conducted a survey among 164 individuals to evaluate misconceptions, discriminatory behavior, and prejudices toward people with psoriasis. At least one misconception was recorded in 64.6% (n = 106) of respondents. About 86.0% (n = 141) reported one or more discriminatory practices and 73.2% (n = 120) reported one or more prejudices. Misconceptions toward psoriasis were associated with an increase in likelihood of prejudicial attitudes. This is influenced by age and education. Future studies should explore whether educating the existing population can reduce prejudice.


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