There is no doubt that home treatment is effective and well tolerated.
It’s great to have an independent source ratify what we’ve known for years. UV Phototherapy at home is safe, well tolerated and here in the USA, very cost effective for the patient and the insurance company that sometimes is paying the bill.
Since the publishing of the article in the British Medical Journal on the effectiveness of UVB Treatment in the home, the Internet has been buzzing with articles written by a host of reviewers on the subject. Most are simply referring to the original article but many are commenting. Most if not all of the postings I’ve seen on various blogs and publications show strong support for the use of UVB Narrowband Therapy in the home.
This of course is like music to my ears. Many of you know that I run a business offering UV Phototherapy Products for use in the home. See www.HomePhotoTherapy.com. So of course I’m a little biased.
The actual heading of the article is “Home versus outpatient ultraviolet B phototherapy for mild to severe psoriasis: pragmatic multicentre randomised controlled non-inferiority trial (PLUTO study)”
The finding by the researchers who followed 196 patients was “Ultraviolet B Phototherapy administered at home is equally safe and equally effective, both clinically and for quality of life, as ultraviolet B phototherapy administered in an outpatient setting. Furthermore, ultraviolet B phototherapy at home resulted in a lower burden of treatment and led to greater patients’ satisfaction.“
This statement flies in the face of many dermatologists that say that they believe that treatment at home is the wrong approach because they believe that patients will not be compliant at home. It’s interesting to note that many of the derms who make such ridiculous statements have phototherapy systems in their offices or clinic and they draw some of their income for the sale of time in their own phototherapy systems. I guess it shows that even doctors like to make a dollar.
Treatment at home is ultimately much less expensive to the patient and the insurance company than in-clinic treatment. Typical home equipment can range from $600.00 to $7000.00 with most folks spending perhaps $2500.00 on a home system. In clinic rates can vary from a low of $25.00 to a high of $90.00 PER TREATMENT. I we take an average of let’s say $40.00/treatment with three treatments a week then that’s $120.00/week and in 20 weeks ($2400.00), the typical home system would be paid for. That does not include the costs of parking, car mileage, time of work.
Visit www.HomePhotoTherapy.com to see some home systems. Remember most folks over a lifetime require treatment sometimes several times a year, perhaps for a lifetime.