Jun. 29, 2017

Ohio Lupus Education for Healthcare Professionals and Toolkit

The Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Ohio Chapter (LFA, GOC), in partnership with RAMA Consulting, Inc. was awarded funding from the Ohio Department of Health to develop and promote a statewide Lupus Education Initiative to increase the knowledge base and skills of healthcare and support providers that enables them to effectively identify, diagnose, treat, and manage patients with newly diagnosed lupus, suspected lupus, or established lupus. MetroHealth Hospital in Cleveland coordinated the CME/CEU accreditation for this important initiative (1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)).

The Ohio Lupus Needs Assessment, conducted in 2016, revealed that (1) the complexity of lupus makes it extremely difficult to diagnose and  treat because symptoms are individualistic and mimic other diseases; (2) lupus subject-matter experts are needed to promote lupus education curriculums to primary care physicians, emergency room doctors, social workers, RN’s, LPN’s, mental health professionals, and community health workers; and (3)  there is a lack of awareness in communities regarding lupus; and (4) existing data systems need to be coordinated to develop a better epidemiological profile of lupus.

These key findings initiated the funding and creation of the Lupus Education for Healthcare Professionals CME/CEU program. The program was successfully completed, meeting the goal of educating 300 healthcare professionals throughout the state of Ohio. A toolkit was developed to assist physicians and nurses on the “front lines” of lupus care, and “partnerships” were formed with over 50 organizations to promote this important program. Although the scheduled programs and funded project are completed, the project team is providing a copy of the recorded CME/CEU program which can be found in the toolkit below.