This guideline covers assessing and managing psoriasis in adults, young people and children. It aims to improve long-term disease control and quality of life for people with psoriasis.
This guideline includes recommendations on:
- principles of care
- assessment and referral
- topical therapy
- phototherapy (broad- or narrow-band narrowband ultraviolet B light and psoralen with local ultraviolet A)
- systemic therapy
Who is it for?
- Healthcare professionals
- Commissioners and providers
- Children and adults with a diagnosis of psoriasis, and their families and carers
Is this guideline up to date?
We checked this guideline in November 2014. We found no new evidence that affects the recommendations in this guideline.
Next review: March 2017
Guideline development process
This guideline was previously called psoriasis: the assessment and management of psoriasis.
The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or service users. The application of the recommendations in this guideline is not mandatory and the guideline does not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.
Local commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients or service users wish to use it. They should do so in the context of local and national priorities for funding and developing services, and in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities. Nothing in this guideline should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.
Commissioners and providers have a responsibility to promote an environmentally sustainable health and care system and should assess and reduce the environmental impact of implementing NICE recommendations wherever possible.