Patients & Supporters

Self-Management Resources

As someone living with lupus, you play a vital role in taking care of and managing your health. There are many things you can do to help improve your lupus-related health problems. Examples include talking with your doctors about your symptoms, working together to develop your treatment plan, reducing stress, eating a nutritious and balanced diet, and incorporating physical activity into your routine.

We compiled a selection of self-management resources for you and organized them into four main sections shown above. Some of these resources are designed to help you learn how to live with lupus and take control of common lupus-related health problems. Other resources are tools that you can use to better self-manage your health problems. This selection of resources was developed and organized based on recommendations made by a group of healthcare professionals and people living with lupus. These resources were selected based on their accuracy, simplicity, and ease of use.  There are a large number of self-management resources that are available today and this selection is not meant to be exhaustive. Furthermore, it is to the decision of you and your healthcare team whether a specific resource might be useful to you.

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Compiled August 2017 by The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Lupus Initiative workgroup on self-management. This information is provided for general education only. Individuals should consult a qualified health care provider for professional medical advice, diagnosis and treatment of a medical or health condition. This and the subsequent Self-Management pages contain a compilation of resources that may help people with lupus self-manage their health. It is the decision of each individual and his or her healthcare team whether a specific resource might or might not be useful to self-manage his or her health. The inclusion of these resources was based on recommendations made by a workgroup comprised of healthcare professionals and people living with lupus. This compilation of resources is not meant to be exhaustive. The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) does not benefit financially from sharing these resources. Please click here to view our policies regarding privacy, internal and external linking, and copyright and disclaimer issues. This and the subsequent Self-Management pages are, in part, supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under Cooperative Agreement Number NU58 DP006138. Its contents are solely the responsibility of its developers/authors. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.