Jul. 22, 2014

Treat-to-Target in Lupus

Treat-to-target is a treatment approach where the physician and the patient agree on specific goals, methods and deadlines for achieving specific outcomes.  If the agreed upon treatment strategy does not move toward the goal, the strategy is changed.  Treatment goals focus on achieving measurable improvements to the patient’s quality of life.

This concept has been used successfully in other diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes.  Given its success in improving patients’ health status, a group of lupus experts wanted to determine whether such an approach might be effective in treating lupus.

An international committee, composed of specialists in rheumatology, nephrology, dermatology, internal medicine and clinical immunology, and a patient representative, has been meeting since 2012 and has published a set of principles and recommendations for implementing the treat-to-target concept for managing lupus.  Dr. Ronald van Vollenhoven, professor of Clinical Therapy Research at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, is leading the group.

In this podcast, developed for the Lupus Foundation of America website, lupus.org, Dr. van Vollenhoven describes the concept and its potential benefits in managing lupus, which affects at least five million people worldwide.

Length: 5:48

Date: July 22, 2014

Presenter:  Dr. Ronald van Vollenhoven, professor of Clinical Therapy Research at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden

Read more online about this approach from the Journal of Rheumatic Diseases

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