A new study supported by the Lupus Foundation of America and published in Arthritis and Rheumatology offers clinicians and researchers a new way to better understand how various treatments may impact the quality of life of children and adolescents living with lupus.
A recent review of lupus quality of life studies found five common themes that describe the experiences of adults living with lupus. Healthcare providers can now use these themes to develop and expand patient-focused care and support services that will improve health and treatment outcomes.
According to research presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting, researchers have identified three potentially modifiable risk factors and one protective medication that may improve the health of people living with lupus.
The findings of this study indicate that adolescent girls with lupus scored significantly lower on measures of positive body image and felt increases in negative mood, negative self-esteem, and depressive symptoms.
The researchers hoped to learn about second pregnancy outcomes in women with lupus, particularly in those whose first pregnancy had an adverse outcome.
People with lupus may experience chronic fatigue, the exact causes of which are yet to be fully understood. There are a number of different energy-producing metabolic processes that may be affected in people with lupus.
The researchers hoped to determine whether children with lupus have worse academic functioning relative to their peers of similar demographic and socioeconomic background.
This study examined the relationship between fluctuating levels of vitamin D during different seasons, characterized by differing amounts of light exposure, while patients experienced lupus flares.