Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Sex and Gender and Intersectionality With Race and Ethnicity in Psoriatic Disease
Eder L., James AJ., van der Horst-Bruinsma I., Coates LC., Goel N.
Sex (biological attributes associated with being male or female) and gender (sociocultural-driven traits and behaviors related to being a man or a woman) are emerging as important determinants of disease course and response to therapy in patients with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis (PsA). Although psoriatic disease (PsD) is equally prevalent in men and women, the condition affects them in different and unique ways, giving rise to sex- and gender-related differences in clinical presentation, including baseline disease activity, disease course, and response to treatment. Better understanding of the roles sex and gender play in the development and evolution of PsD has the potential to improve patient care. The Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis (GRAPPA) continues its effort to highlight issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in people with PsD by dedicating a session during the annual meeting to sex and gender and their intersectionality with race and ethnicity in individuals with PsA.