Canadian Guidelines for the Management of Plaque Psoriasis


 About the Canadian Psoriasis Guidelines

The first evidence-based Canadian Guidelines for the Management of Plaque Psoriasis were published in June, 2009 (media release). A fully searchable PDF version of the document is available here for free download.

  • Two peer-reviewed articles arising from the Guidelines have been published (see below). Other articles will be cited here as they are published.
    • Papp KA, Carey W. Psoriasis care: new and emerging pharmacologic trends. J Cutan Med Surg 2010; 14:119–129. (View the abstract on PubMed)
    • Papp KA, Gulliver W, Lynde C, et al. Canadian guidelines for the management of plaque psoriasis: Overview. J Cutan Med Surg 2011; 15:210–219. (View the abstract on PubMed)
  • For easy access to the 108-page document, readers should use the document in its electronic form, using the “find” function to navigate
  • To store a copy of the Guidelines on your  PDA (Blackberry, iPhone, etc.), please see below.


Click here to download the Canadian Guidelines for the Management of Plaque Psoriasis [pdf].

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For information about the Canadian Psoriasis Guidelines Education Program, a training program for physicians on plaque psoriasis, please email:

Legal disclaimer

  • Disclaimer: These Guidelines are intended to assist physicians in clinical decision making. As always, physicians should use their best clinical judgment when determining whether and how to apply treatment recommendations. Clinical decisions must take into account the patient’s individual circumstances and any newer evidence that may come to light regarding treatments for plaque psoriasis. This document is not intended to substitute for or supersede the guidance found in the relevant Canadian product monographs or other official information available for the therapeutics discussed. Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this document; any errors will be corrected in the next edition.
  • Note to patients: If you have any questions about your condition or treatment options, please consult your family physician or dermatologist. Do not discontinue or change your current medications unless you have been instructed to do so by your doctor.

Instructions for PDAs

Read the PDF online

The easiest way to access the Guidelines on your PDA is to read the PDF online.

  1. Click on the Guidelines icon (above).
  2. Use the built-in tools (in the toolbar near the top of the PDF window) to scroll through pages, zoom, and find keywords.
Saving the PDF to your PDA

If you wish to save the Guidelines on your PDA for future reference (when you may not have a live web connection), the simplest way to do this is to receive the PDF as an attachment.

  • Either email the PDF file to yourself or send an email to and we will email you the file. When you receive the email and attachment, follow the steps below:
For the Blackberry:
  1. Open the email, go to the attachment, click the ball and go to “copy”. This will save the attachment and allow you to open it in the future, even without a live web connection.
  2. Now open the attachment, click the ball again, and select “view text”. This will enable the “find” function. (If the attachment is already in text mode then skip this step.)
  3. Hit the “f” key and the “find” (keyword search) tool will open. Type the desired word in the box and hit “enter” (or click the ball). The first instance of the keyword in the PDF will be highlighted. Hit the “f” key repeatedly to scroll through all instances of the keyword in the Guidelines.
For the iPhone:

Open the email, tap the attachment. The PDF downloads to your iPhone (allowing you to open the file in the future, even without a live web connection) and then opens. Note that the “find” function may not work without loading additional iPhone Apps.