Correlation between Psoriasis Area Severity Index and Dermatology Life Quality Index in psoriasis


  • Zainab Tariq Department of Dermatology, Benazir Bhutto Hospital, Rawalpindi
  • Zahra Arooba Department of Dermatology, Mayo Hospital Lahore
  • Nadia Ismat Bhatti Department of Dermatology, Benazir Bhutto Hospital, Rawalpindi
  • Shawana Sharif Department of Dermatology, Benazir Bhutto Hospital, Rawalpindi
  • Sara Ahmad Department of Dermatology, Benazir Bhutto Hospital, Rawalpindi


Psoriasis, PASI Score, DLQI


Background: Validated dermatology-specific quality of life tools are used globally to quantify the degree to which a skin disorder affects a patient's quality of life.   Methods: A cross-sectional study of patients with psoriasis was conducted. Patients were evaluated for psoriasis severity using the Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) and its correlation with Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) was assessed.   Results: 60 patients were enrolled in this study. PASI and DLQI were found to be significantly correlated (r= 0.266 p = 0.044) but the degree of correlation was much lower than that found in European studies. However, post-stratification data analysis did not show a significant relationship between PASI and DLQI except in male patients (r=0.415, p = 0.006) and in patients with disease duration between 1-6 years (r = 0.579, p=0.002).   Conclusion: The correlation between PASI and DLQI was weaker than what has previously been reported. Further validation of culturally-sensitive dermatologic quality of life instruments is needed to capture the true impact of skin disease in these patients. Currently, DLQI fails to efficiently recognize some clinically important endpoints and may not be much relevant for routine clinical practice in our society.   Keywords: Psoriasis, PASI, DLQI  


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Tariq Z, Arooba Z, Bhatti NI, Sharif S, Ahmad S. Correlation between Psoriasis Area Severity Index and Dermatology Life Quality Index in psoriasis. J Pak Assoc Dermatol [Internet]. 2024Apr.21 [cited 2024May22];34(2):480-4. Available from:



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