Psoriatic Arthritis Screening Tool For Providers
Early diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis leads to better long-term health. Patients who wait even as little as six months before getting diagnosed and starting treatment typically have worse clinical outcomes. As a health care provider, it’s up to you to ensure your patients get the care they need as quickly as possible.
The Psoriasis Epidemiology Screening Tool, or PEST, is a screening tool that can help you recognize signs of psoriatic arthritis in your psoriasis patients1. Patients answer five questions and fill out a diagram. If patients check “yes” to three or more of the questions, they may have psoriatic arthritis. You should speak with them about their symptoms, their options and possibly refer them to a rheumatologist.
The following resources can help you get started talking to your patients about psoriatic arthritis.
Patient Appointment Resource Document
Give the PEST to your patients. We encourage you to download the printable PDF, including five-question quiz and diagram, and provide it to your psoriasis patients as part of their pre-appointment paperwork. This will help them—and you—understand if they’re showing symptoms of psoriatic arthritis and whether they should be referred to a rheumatologist.
FAQs for Providers
Make sure you can offer your patients the information they need. See the questions patients most frequently ask about psoriatic arthritis.
The PsA Diagnosis Project
Learn about NPF's research push to fund and develop an early diagnosis test for psoriatic arthritis. See how you can help and what this will mean for your patients.
1. Ibrahim, G. H., et al. "Evaluation of an existing screening tool for psoriatic arthritis in people with psoriasis and the development of a new instrument: the Psoriasis Epidemiology Screening Tool (PEST) questionnaire." Clinical & Experimental Rheumatology 27.3 (2009): 469.