Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology

Developing diagnostic criteria for psoriasis in children (DIPSOC)

Psoriasis (pronounced sor-aye-asis) can cause skin changes anywhere on the body. For many people it can be a long-term condition and have a significant impact on their quality of life.

Psoriasis can be associated with other diseases such as arthritis, which causes swelling and damage to the joints. It is therefore important that psoriasis is diagnosed early and accurately. This will help people receive specialist psoriasis treatment quickly.

Psoriasis in children and young people (17 years or younger) can be harder for non-specialist doctors and nurses to recognise. The development of diagnostic criteria will help health professionals recognise psoriasis.


Developing DIagnostic Criteria for PSOriasis in Children


Key Facts

1. What is the study about?
Our study will test how well a list of diagnostic criteria (skin changes to look for and questions to ask) work at diagnosing psoriasis. We will test the criteria by inviting 320 children/young people with psoriasis and those with other skin diseases to take part. We will investigate how well the diagnostic criteria separate the two groups.
2. What is involved in taking part?

Children/young people (17 years or younger) in the study will see a member of the research team on one occasion for approximately 30 minutes. At the visit the researcher will ask some questions and have a look at their skin in many different places. Some of these places will be in their hair, belly-button and groin. We will give out a questionnaire to find out how much their skin disease affects their quality of life. We will also ask their permission to include in the study photographs taken by their skin doctor. We will also ask their permission to contact them in the future with a questionnaire about how their skin disease has changed.

 The study does not involve any tests or medications.

3. How long will the study last for?
The study will be looking for children/young people to take part over the next two years (unless the target of 320 is reached earlier).
4. Where is the study taking place? 

The study is being led by a dermatology (skin) doctor, Dr Esther Burden-Teh, from the University of Nottingham. This is a combined project with doctors and nurses in the NHS, researchers from Universities of Nottingham and Rotterdam, and people with psoriasis.

The study will be recruiting children/young people from dermatology departments across the UK.

5. Who is funding the study?
The study is funded as part of an National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Doctoral Research Fellowship held by Dr Esther Burden-Teh.

This study is funded by the National Institute for Health Research Doctoral Research Fellowship award (NIHR DRF 2016-09-083). The views expressed on this website are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.


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