Medical College of Wisconsin
CTSICores SearchResearch InformaticsREDCap

Effective Self-Management Interventions for Patients With Lupus: Potential Impact of Peer Mentoring. Am J Med Sci 2017 06;353(6):580-592 PMID: 28641721 PMCID: PMC6249683

Pubmed ID





Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is associated with significant mortality, morbidity and cost for the individual patient and society. In the United States, African Americans (AAs) have 3-4 times greater prevalence of lupus, risk of developing lupus at an earlier age and lupus-related disease activity, organ damage and mortality compared with whites. Evidence-based self-management interventions that incorporate both social support and health education have reduced pain, improved function and delayed disability among patients with lupus. However, AAs and women are still disproportionately affected by lupus. This article presents the argument that peer mentoring may be an especially effective intervention approach for AA women with SLE. SLE peers with a track record of success in lupus management and have a personal perspective that clinicians often lack. This commonality and credibility can establish trust, increase communication and, in turn, decrease disparities in healthcare outcomes.

Author List

Williams EM, Egede L, Faith T, Oates J


Leonard E. Egede MD Center Director, Chief, Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin



MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

African Americans
Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic
Self Care
Social Support
jenkins-FCD Prod-353 9ccd8489072cb19f5b9f808bb23ed672c582f41e