Getting a diagnosis

Getting a diagnosis

Diagnosis

Only a healthcare professional can diagnose psoriasis. Usually a GP will make the diagnosis, although specialist referral may be required in some cases. Psoriasis is described as ‘mild’ or ‘moderate-to-severe’ according to the intensity and extent of symptoms and its effect on health-related quality of life. Doctors use specific scales – Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI); Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) – to assess the extent and severity of psoriasis and its impact.

This educational resource is not intended to replace discussions with your healthcare team. If you have any questions about your condition or treatment, please contact your doctor.