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Identifying the different clinical presentations of psoriasis

Community nurses will often encounter patients with psoriasis in their day-today work, and may be involved in delivering care directly or monitoring the condition. However, psoriasis has various presentations and knowledge of these variations is beneficial for all clinicians working in the community, particularly when it comes to understanding the range of treatments available. This article, the first in a series on psoriasis, will discuss the types of psoriasis that can be encountered, while future articles will examine the different treatment options that are currently available, focusing on the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s (NICE, 2016) treatment pathway for managing patients with psoriasis (see Figure 1). The series will focus on each of the steps in the pathway and how they relate to nurses working in the community.