The investigators sought to examine changes in health-related quality of life associated with clinical outcomes of neuropsychiatric events in people with lupus over the course of one year.
The researchers hoped to learn about lupus-related factors, especially heart disease, that may contribute to the development of depression in people with lupus.
The researchers hoped to learn whether contraceptive counseling had effects on the frequency of use of contraceptives.
The researchers tested the LupusQoL-US instrument to see how well it could pick up different active clinical features of lupus from the point of view of the patient’s experience.
The researchers hoped to learn about the relationship between levels of vitamin D in the blood and lupus disease activity.
The researchers hoped to accurately determine the frequency and outcome of neuropsychiatric lupus, as well as its impacts on quality of life.
The researchers hoped to determine the specific effects of active lupus-related kidney disease on pregnancy outcomes, as well as complications that might occur in the mothers or babies.
The researchers hoped to learn whether a lupus damage questionnaire, filled out by lupus patients instead of their doctors, would be accurate and/or useful.