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    Updated inclusion criteria for weight and psoriasis research.

    A project is being undertaken at King’s College London called: Feelings, Emotions And Behaviours In Weight And Psoriasis.  People living with psoriasis often describe weight management as a challenge. Several factors are likely to explain why managing weight alongside psoriasis can be difficult.

    The inclusion criteria has now changed for this research. Ethical approval has been obtained to include people with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of below 25 (<25 BMI) as well as the previous above 25 (>25 BMI).

    These may include psychological factors such as beliefs about weight and psoriasis, eating and physical activity behaviours, and how one feels in their skin. Thus, traditional weight loss interventions that focus on diet and physical activity are unlikely to be relevant to the challenges people with psoriasis face.

    The purpose of the project is to look beyond the role of diet and physical activity for weight management in psoriasis. It will aim to find out what other factors such as feeling, and emotions can present as a challenge when people with psoriasis want to lose weight. Building a holistic understanding of weight management in psoriasis is a priority to ensure patients’ needs are addressed sufficiently and adequately.

    This can support the design of a more tailored weight loss approach which ultimately can lead to improved patient outcomes.

    To learn more and to read the information sheet about getting involved, follow this link.

    This study is now closed.

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  • Skin of colour in dermatology images: Would you like to give your views?

    A 4th Year Medical Student at Cardiff University, and with his supervisor is currently working on a project titled Medical Photographs: Patient perceptions of medical photography of dermatological conditions. This project has obtained ethical approval from Cardiff University School Research Ethics Committee. 

    Dermatology is a visual specialty, and images of dermatological conditions are important in the education of future clinicians in the specialty. The majority of images of dermatological conditions in major UK textbooks are of Caucasian patients resulting in an incomplete picture of dermatological conditions in various skin tones, as brought to the attention of many by a recent petition.  

    This pilot study is an attempt to understand some of the patient factors behind the reasons for inadequate representation of patients of skin of colour in dermatology images. In addition, they would also like to determine if there are any other factors that influence a patient’s consent to medical photographs of their dermatological conditions. Therefore, the aim of the study is to determine if patient demographics influence perception of medical photography of dermatological conditions.

    The study contains a short questionnaire made up of 4 headings, including questions asking participants: information regarding their sex, age, ethnicity, information relating to socio-economic status, and religion; and their opinions on medical images being taken of their dermatological conditions in different scenarios.

    These questions will be asked to find out if these different factors influence patients’ perceptions on consenting for medical photographs being taken of their dermatological conditions, or if it influences whether health care professionals will request consent from patients. 

    The questionnaire will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete

    This opportunity is now closed

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