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WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO HAVE YOUR CONDITION REVIEWED REGULARLY?

Regular reviews are important but they don’t always happen in practice, which is why we want to give you resources that may help.

A regular psoriasis review provides an opportunity to proactively talk to your GP about your condition. Discussing your psoriasis annually can give you better tools to manage your condition long-term, as your GP can help you maintain good habits, keep on top of any complications and explore new treatment options that may suit you.
The review allows your GP to monitor how you respond to treatment and understand how your psoriasis is affecting your life.

NICE guidelines recommend an annual psoriatic arthritis assessment for all psoriasis patients, particularly in the first ten years after diagnosis.1 An annual review is recommended for adult patients using potent or very potent corticosteroids and for children and young patients who are using corticosteroids of any potency.

1. Psoriasis NICE Clinical Guideline 153 (Oct 2012) Available: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg153/chapter/Introduction Accessed 2017




BOOKING YOUR PSORIASIS REVIEW

The first step is to make an appointment with your GP. If you think you'll need more than 7 minutes to get the treatment and support that's right for you, you can ask the receptionist if they can offer you and extended appointment.

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Preparing for your Annual Review

Here are 7 tips to help you get the best out of your time with your GP:

Take any psoriasis treatments you use with you.

 
This includes all your prescribed medication, plus any creams or shampoos you might have bought yourself. Showing your GP everything you’re using will help them understand what you’re doing to manage your psoriasis, and let them check you’re using them correctly. You can then discuss and agree the best combination to meet your needs.

Always mention how psoriasis is impacting your personal life and how you feel.

 
It can be hard to remember things when you’re on the spot. Throughout the year make notes on how your psoriasis affects you physically and emotionally and how it impacts your social life, family life or work. You can then refer to these notes during your consultation.

Wear clothing that will let you easily show affected areas.

 
This will help you make the most of your time with the GP.

Tell the GP about any psoriasis you have in non-visible areas, like ears, armpits or groin

 
If the GP isn’t aware of all the areas that your psoriasis affects you, they won’t be able fully assess your condition and treat it appropriately.

People with psoriasis can develop a type of arthritis, so tell your GP about any joint stiffness or pain.

 
This is called psoriatic arthritis. Pay particular attention to any stiffness or pain in your back, fingers, jaw or the bit on your chest where your collarbone meets your breastbone.

Ask your GP for help with smoking or weight issues, as they can make your psoriasis worse.

 
You GP can help you if you’d like help to quit smoking or offer advice on healthy eating and exercise.

Always arrange a follow-up appointment. 

 

The end of your appointment is a great opportunity to agree a date for a follow-up. Even if you feel you’re managing well and your psoriasis isn’t getting worse, you should still see your GP at least once a year, whether you have a repeat prescription in place or not.

If you're starting a new treatment, the guidelines for England, Scotland and Wales advice a review after four weeks. Mention this to your GP.1,2

Follow-up appointments are important because your doctor can check you’re using your treatment correctly and it gives you the chance to discuss how it’s going. You can also use the time to talk about how psoriasis may be affecting your life and ways in which you can manage all aspects of your condition.

1. Psoriasis NICE Clinical Guideline 153 (Oct 2012) Available: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg153/chapter/Introduction Accessed 2017
2. SIGN Clinical Guidelines 121: Diagnosis and management of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis in adults. Available: http://www.sign.ac.uk/assets/sign121.pdf Accessed 2017


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