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Complimentary Educational Resources

The ACR Lupus Initiative (TLI) offers the complimentary lupus educational resources listed below to medical and health professional schools in an effort to help increase the number of health care providers who are knowledgeable about diagnosing and treating lupus.

The resources are also appropriate for teaching more general concepts such as health disparities, management of chronic disease, cultural competence and coordination of care.

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Traditional Case Studies

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

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    Interactive Case Studies

    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.

    LAUNCH CASE STUDY

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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.

    LAUNCH CASE STUDY

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

    LAUNCH CASE STUDY

    36 year old female elementary school teacher with history of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) presents with new lower extremity swelling and worsening of her lupus rash.

    LAUNCH CASE STUDY

    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.

    LAUNCH CASE STUDY

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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).

    LAUNCH CASE STUDY

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    39 year old woman presents with fatigue, fevers, and joint pain and swelling.

    LAUNCH CASE STUDY

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

    LAUNCH CASE STUDY

    PowerPoint Slides

    Health Disparities in Lupus

    This PowerPoint presentation provides an overview of health disparities in lupus. You can preview a sample of the slides, download a PDF of the full slide-set, or download the full presentation in PowerPoint format, along with related videos.


    Health Disparities in Lupus: Overview and Factors

    In this video, Dr. Graciela Alarcòn of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Dr. David Wofsy of the University of California San Francisco, School of Medicine provide an overview of the disparities that exist in lupus, including prevalence, manifestations, and outcomes of the disease.


    Video Length: 2:40


    Health Disparities in Lupus: Access to Care

    Dr. Ed Yelin of the University of California San Francisco, School of Medicine shares his insights on lupus patients’ access to care and the affect poor access can have on treatment and outcomes. A lupus patient, Ivana Ford-Neal, shares the challenges she has faced in accessing care and how these challenges have impacted her.


    Video Length: 2:45


    Health Disparities in Lupus: Coordination of Care

    Sisters, Ivana Ford-Neal and Michelle Stevens—both of whom have lupus—stress the need for doctors to work together to provide the best possible care to their patients. Dr. Ed Yelin of the University of California San Francisco, School of Medicine explains the need for “a captain of the ship” when it comes to lupus care.


    Video Length: 2:01


    Health Disparities in Lupus: The Importance of Cultural Competency

    Dr. Graciela Alarcòn of the University of Alabama at Birmingham explains the benefits of providing culturally competent care to patients with lupus. She discusses the need for language support, cultural knowledge, and a diverse health care staff.


    Video Length: 1:05


    Health Disparities in Lupus: Manifestations and Outcomes

    Dr. Graciela Alarcòn of the University of Alabama at Birmingham discusses differences in lupus outcomes based on race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.


    Video Length: 2:30


    Health Disparities in Lupus: Cultural Competence

    This data-based vignette provides a real world example of how patient care can be impacted by cultural differences.

    Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired


    Health Disparities in Lupus: The Role of Perspectives in Lupus Care

    This four-part video series examines how unconscious biases in the thinking of both patients and physicians impacts the diagnosis and treatment of lupus. Essays, quizzes, and additional resources are included.

    THE ROLE OF PERSPECTIVES IN LUPUS CARE

    Lupus Through the Lifespan

    This PowerPoint presentation reviews lupus in the context of childhood, reproductive and postmenopausal years. You can preview a sample of the slides, download a PDF of the full slide-set, or download the full presentation in PowerPoint format.

    Morbidity and Mortality in Lupus

    This powerpoint presentation reviews the major causes of morbidity and mortality in lupus. You can preview a sample of the slides, download a PDF of the full slide-set, or download the full presentation in powerpoint format.

    This PowerPoint presentation provides an overview of lupus. You can preview a sample of the slides, download a PDF of the full slide-set, or download the full presentation in PowerPoint format.

    The following supplementary PowerPoint presentation is available to accompany the overview of lupus.

    Short Teaching Videos

    In this video, Dr. Emily Von Scheven of the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine defines childhood onset lupus. Four adolescent patients describe their experiences with diagnosis and treatment of the disease.


    Young patients describe how they prepared themselves for the transition to adult rheumatology care and the challenges they faced, including finding doctors, making appointments, and understanding insurance. Dr. Emily Von Scheven and Dr. Maria Dall’Era, both of the University of California San Francisco, School of Medicine, discuss the importance of preparing pediatric rheumatology patients for their transition to adult care to help them successfully manage their lupus.


    Dr. Ed Yelin of the University of California San Francisco, School of Medicine shares his insights on lupus patients’ access to care and the affect poor access can have on treatment and outcomes. A lupus patient, Ivana Ford-Neal, shares the challenges she has faced in accessing care and how these challenges have impacted her.


    Video Length: 2:45


    Sisters, Ivana Ford-Neal and Michelle Stevens—both of whom have lupus—stress the need for doctors to work together to provide the best possible care to their patients. Dr. Ed Yelin of the University of California San Francisco, School of Medicine explains the need for “a captain of the ship” when it comes to lupus care.


    Video Length: 2:01


    Dr. Graciela Alarcòn of the University of Alabama at Birmingham discusses differences in lupus outcomes based on race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.


    Video Length: 2:30


    In this video, Dr. Graciela Alarcòn of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Dr. David Wofsy of the University of California San Francisco, School of Medicine provide an overview of the disparities that exist in lupus, including prevalence, manifestations, and outcomes of the disease.


    Video Length: 2:40


    Dr. Graciela Alarcòn of the University of Alabama at Birmingham explains the benefits of providing culturally competent care to patients with lupus. She discusses the need for language support, cultural knowledge, and a diverse health care staff.


    Video Length: 1:05

    Three patients who have lupus describe some of the challenges they have faced in living with the disease and how important it is for practitioners to recognize how the disease affects each of their patients, and that every patient is unique. Dr. Graciela Alarcón of the University of Alabama at Birmingham stresses the importance of all types of health care practitioners having knowledge about lupus.


    Video Length: 4:59


    Patients with childhood onset lupus give practitioners insight into how they can best support their patients who have lupus, including the importance of helping them build a support system.


    Video Length: 4:34


    Patients explain the impact practitioners can have on their patients’ health simply by listening. Patients can provide valuable insight on their previous treatments and current symptoms; listening can build strong doctor-patient relationships and keep the lines of communication open.


    Video Length: 4:09