Display Settings:

Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
We are sorry, but NCBI web applications do not support your browser and may not function properly. More information
Arch Dermatol. 2005 Dec;141(12):1537-41.

Prevalence and treatment of psoriasis in the United Kingdom: a population-based study.

Author information

  • 1Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania, 3600 Spruce Street, 2 Maloney Building, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA. Joel.Gelfand@uphs.upenn.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To measure the prevalence and treatment of psoriasis in the United Kingdom.

DESIGN:

Cross-sectional study to determine prevalence and cohort study to determine treatment patterns.

SETTING:

Outpatient practices of general practitioners.

PATIENTS:

We included in the analysis all patients who were registered with a general practitioner in the General Practice Research Database from 1987 to 2002.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

The prevalence and treatment of psoriasis.

RESULTS:

We identified 114 521 patients with psoriasis of a total population of 7 533 475 patients, yielding a prevalence of 1.5%. The prevalence of psoriasis increases more rapidly in young female patients compared with young male patients and declines significantly in patients 70 years and older, regardless of sex. Overall, 91.8% of patients with a diagnosis of psoriasis received a prescription for psoriasis treatment on or after the date of their first diagnostic code of psoriasis in the General Practice Research Database. Most of the patients (55.2%) received only 1 or 2 prescriptions for psoriasis in the first year after psoriasis was documented in the General Practice Research Database.

CONCLUSIONS:

The epidemiology of psoriasis in the General Practice Research Database population is similar to that of other epidemiologic studies of psoriasis performed in the United Kingdom, the United States, and other Western countries. Psoriasis carries a substantial burden given its high prevalence and its associated need for prescription therapy. Additional studies are necessary to determine why the prevalence of psoriasis increases more rapidly in female patients and to determine why the prevalence decreases in patients 70 years and older.

PMID:
16365254
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Icon for Silverchair Information Systems
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk