PCDS psoriasis primary treatment care pathway

person scratching psoriasis on hand

An easy-to-follow summary of the PCDS treatment pathway for the assessment and management of psoriasis based on areas affected.

Psoriasis is a relapsing-remitting inflammatory skin condition which affects 1.3-2.2% of the UK population, and is often associated with joint disease (psoriatic arthritis). The most common form is plaque psoriasis, affecting 90% of those with psoriasis. Psoriasis can have significant functional, psychological and social impacts and may be associated with increased rates of cardiovascular disease, lymphoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. Most people with psoriasis are managed in primary care, with 60% of people receiving specialist referral at some point in their care.

This Guidelines summary contains recommendations on exacerbating factors for psoriasis, assessment, management and treatment types, and when to refer to specialist services. It includes a table of clinical features and treatments for 8 types of psoriasis.

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