Health-Related Quality of Life and Support Group Attendance for Patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Rashida R. Dorsey, Elena Andresen, Terry L. Moore

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Abstract

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a multisystem autoimmune disease with variable symptoms. Severity of disease has been associated with mental and physical health-related quality of life (HRQoL). The potential effects of support groups have not been examined. We examined the possible improvement in mental and physical HRQoL of women with SLE who attended support groups. Thirty-four women who attended support groups and 71 comparison women with SLE were recruited. Self-administered surveys included the Medical Outcomes Study Short-Form 36 (SF-36) and a 3-level rating of disease activity. Mean SF-36 Mental Health Summary Scale scores (MCS) were significantly lower for women attending groups (31.5) compared with nonattending SLE women (39.8). MCS scores were lower for blacks compared with whites (33.7 vs. 39.2, P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-9
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Rheumatology
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2004
Externally publishedYes

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Self-Help Groups
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Quality of Life
Mental Health
Autoimmune Diseases
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)

Keywords

  • Autoimmune disease
  • Lupus
  • Quality of life
  • Social support

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  • Rheumatology

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Health-Related Quality of Life and Support Group Attendance for Patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. / Dorsey, Rashida R.; Andresen, Elena; Moore, Terry L.

In: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, Vol. 10, No. 1, 02.2004, p. 6-9.

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