Combination of skin, joint and quality of life outcomes with etanercept in psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis in the PRESTA trial

J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2011 May;25(5):559-64. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-3083.2010.03838.x. Epub 2010 Sep 14.


Background: Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) affect skin, and/or joints and quality of life (QoL).

Objective: To better assess the success in multiple attributes in subjects with both active psoriasis and PsA, the objective was to quantify the proportion of those who achieved substantial improvement in a composite measure of skin symptoms, joint manifestations, and QoL, on one of two treatment regimens.

Methods: Subjects (n=752) with psoriasis and PsA (mean age: 46.5 years, 62.9% male) received etanercept (ETN) 50mg twice weekly (BIW; n = 379) or 50 mg weekly (QW; n=373) for 12 weeks, followed by open-label ETN 50mg QW for 12 weeks. Skin and joint symptoms and QoL were assessed using psoriasis area and severity index (PASI), American College of Rheumatology criteria (ACR) and Euro-QoL (EQ-5D), respectively.

Results: By week 24, 30.6% and 25.8% of subjects receiving ETN 50 mg BIW/QW and ETN 50 mg QW/QW, respectively (P = 0.198) achieved the composite measure of efficacy for skin plus joints plus QoL (PASI 75 + ACR 50 + EQ-5D VAS >82).

Conclusion: At 24 weeks, 25.8-30.6% met the triad of rigorous efficacy outcomes. Evaluation of treatment efficacy should address the multiple components of this disease complex; therefore it may be important to consider this composite measure in future trials.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antirheumatic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Arthritis, Psoriatic / drug therapy*
  • Arthritis, Psoriatic / physiopathology
  • Dermatologic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Drug Administration Schedule
  • Etanercept
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin G / therapeutic use*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Psoriasis / drug therapy*
  • Psoriasis / physiopathology
  • Quality of Life
  • Receptors, Tumor Necrosis Factor / therapeutic use*
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Antirheumatic Agents
  • Dermatologic Agents
  • Immunoglobulin G
  • Receptors, Tumor Necrosis Factor
  • Etanercept