Systemic lupus erythematosus, commonly referred to simply as lupus, is an incurable disease, and one that is difficult to diagnose. In actuality, there are three main types of lupus: cutaneous lupus erythematosus, drug-induced lupus erythematosus and SLE. The most common symptoms are aching joints, fever, swollen joints, fatigue, butterfly-shaped rash across the cheeks and nose, sunlight sensitivity and mouth or nose ulcers. The medications most commonly used to treat SLE are NSAIDs, corticosteroids and antimalarial drugs. As many as 1.5 million Americans may have lupus. Healthcare providers are likely to encounter patients with the disorder in a number of inpatient, ambulatory and community settings. Healthcare providers should be familiar with the causes, symptoms and most common treatment of lupus so they can meet patient and family needs.
The goal of this continuing education program is to provide healthcare providers, specifically nurses, dietitians, emergency medical professionals, health educators, massage therapists, pharmacists, and radiologic technologists, with information about the manifestations of systemic lupus erythematosus and the management of people with the disease. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Describe the three types of lupus
- Identify the symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus
- Discuss the importance of patient communication as an integral part of healthcare intervention
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, dietitians, emergency medical professionals, health educators, massage therapists, pharmacists, and radiologic technologists.
Massage therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.