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Case Studies

The Lupus Initiative’s library of case studies includes both traditional case studies and interactive case studies.

Traditional Case Studies

A 38-year-old Mexican woman presents with complaints of fatigue, nausea, and vomiting as well as weight loss.

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An 18-year-old Black woman has been admitted to the hospital with fever, fatigue, and dyspnea upon exertion.

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    A 25-year-old Black man presented to the emergency department complaining of fatigue, productive cough, dyspnea on exertion, fever, recent weight loss, myalgias, arthralgias, poor sleep, and a painful rash on his legs.

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    An 18-year-old White, pregnant woman, at 12-weeks gestation is admitted for evaluation of a diffuse skin rash.

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    PIVOT: Interactive Case Studies

    Practice Improvement using Virtual Online Training (PIVOT) provides experiential learning, tests skills in real time, and offers feedback. The cases teach the skills necessary to recognize the early symptoms and signs of lupus, think through an appropriate differential diagnosis, and perform an initial evaluation to diagnose—or rule out—lupus. Watch this short video to learn more.

    Phase 1 PIVOT

    The first phase of PIVOT included two case studies developed by Dr. Maria Dall’Era and Dr. Michelle Lin, both of the University of California San Francisco, School of Medicine. The phase 1 case studies were released in 2013 and served as a proof-of-concept for PIVOT in general. Phase 1 included two case studies that can be accessed here. Based on the success of the phase 1 PIVOT cases, additional cases were funded for phase 2.

    Phase 2 PIVOT

    Phase 2 of PIVOT includes six additional case studies released in September 2015. These case studies were developed by Dr. Karen Law of Emory University School of Medicine and the National Center for Cultural Competence at Georgetown University. A survey is included for each case study. Please help us assess and refine the phase 2 deliverables by completing the survey for each case study.

    This case study involves a 36-year-old Native American woman brought to the emergency department due to progressive breathing trouble.

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    A 24-year-old Black woman reports to an urgent care clinic complaining of progressive swelling in her legs for the past month.

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    A 19-year-old Black man with a history of hypertension, reports to an urgent care clinic complaining of an “on and off ” headache for the past 3 days.

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    A 34-year-old woman with SLE has come to see her primary care physician for follow-up care. She has been feeling very tired and has gained 10 pounds in the past month. Her ankles are also very swollen.

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    Jeannie Johnson is a 22-year-old white woman who has been referred by her primary care physician to a rheumatologist at the medical center in a large city about 50 miles from her home for an evaluation for SLE.

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    Mr. Michael Thompson is a 30-year-old African American man. He presents in the Emergency Room at 10 PM with complaints of fever for the past several days (it has now gone up to 40 degrees C/104 F).

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