Guideline on the management of psoriasis in South Africa
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Background. Psoriasis vulgaris is a chronic, relapsing, immunemediated, potentially devastating disease, influenced by genetic and environmental factors, that can cause substantial morbidity and psychological stress and have a profound negative impact on patient quality of life. Objective. These guidelines for the management of psoriasis have been developed in an attempt to improve the outcomes of treatment of this condition in South Africa. Psoriasis has a major impact on the quality of life of sufferers, and it is expected that these guidelines, if implemented, will play a role in achieving improved outcome. Scope. These guidelines were developed to address the diagnosis and treatment of psoriasis, of differing degrees of severity and in patients of all ages, by all health care professionals involved with its management. Recommendations. All health care workers involved in the management of psoriasis should take note of these guidelines and try to implement them in clinical practice as far as possible. All treatment methods and procedures not substantiated by evidence from the literature should be discontinued and avoided to decrease the financial burden of psoriasis treatment. Validation. These guidelines were developed through general consensus by a group of 8 South African dermatologists (the ’Working Group’) sanctioned by the Dermatological Society of South Africa (DSSA), by adaptation for the South African situation of the current guidelines used in the USA, the UK, Germany, Canada and Finland. Draft documents were made available for comment to the dermatological community as a whole via the official website of the DSSA, and the guidelines were presented and discussed at the annual congress of the DSSA in 2008. All input from these sources, where appropriate, were then incorporated into these guidelines. Guidelines sponsor. Schering-Plough initiated the project and sponsored the meetings of the working group and all costs generated by these meetings. Plans for guideline revision. The field of biologicals and cytokine modulators is in a rapid phase of development, and revision of the scope and content of these guidelines will be ongoing as longer-term data emerge.