HealthDay News — A smartphone app is associated with improved short-term adherence to a cutaneous foam treatment for psoriasis, according to a study published online April 14 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

Mathias Tiedemann Svendsen, MD, from Odense University Hospital in Denmark, and colleagues randomized 122 patients who were receiving once-daily medication (calcipotriol/betamethasone dipropionate [Cal/BD] cutaneous foam) to either no app (66 patients) or an app intervention (68 patients). 

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The researchers found that at week 4, more patients in the intervention group were adherent to Cal/BD cutaneous foam versus patients in the non-intervention group (65 versus 38%: P=.004). The intervention group also showed a greater reduction in psoriasis severity, as measured by the Lattice System Physician’s Global Assessment, versus the non-intervention group at week 4 (P=.047). While not reaching statistical significance, a similar effect was seen at weeks eight and 26.

“The app significantly improved adherence rates and reduced psoriasis severity in the short-term,” the authors write.

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Several authors disclosed financial ties to pharmaceutical companies, including LEO Pharma, which supported the study.

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