Background and aims Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) is a multisystem disease and patients may benefit from non-pharmacological interventions. We explored the utility of the LupusQoL in identifying patients who may benefit from physical, occupational or psychological support.
Methods The LupusQoL is a disease-specific health-related quality of life (HRQoL) questionnaire with eight domains (physical health, pain, planning, intimate relationship, burden to others, emotional health, body image and fatigue). For each domain the scores range from 0 to 100 (higher score better health). SLE patients sequentially attending an outpatient clinic over a 6 month period, who were able to complete the questionnaire in English, were asked to complete the questionnaire. Patients who scored <50 were offered physical, occupational and/or psychological support dependent on the domains affected.
Results 40 patients (97.5% females, 75% Caucasians; 17.5% South-Asians; 5% Afro-Caribbean; mean age 52.2 years) completed the LupusQoL over 6 months. Table 1 shows the number of patients who were eligible, the numbers who were referred and the numbers who attended the different support services. All domains of the LupusQol were impaired, with fatigue (45.19) being the worst affected and emotional health (68.60) being the least.
Conclusions Following attendance for physical, occupational and psychological support, we intend to re-administer the LupusQoL to determine if these non-pharmacological interventions have improved HRQoL. The appropriateness of the LupusQoL threshold used to identify the intervention need will also be evaluated.
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