Lupus Remains Incurable, but Research Offers Hope - MT388

Lupus Remains Incurable, but Research Offers Hope

by Karen A. Johnson, RN and Donna J. Bowles, RN, MSN, EdD, CNE and Maureen Habel, MA, RN and Susan C. Drummond, NCMT, RM
(4.5 / 573 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Massage Therapy (1.00 CE hours)

Price: $12.00
CE-PRO Price: $6.00


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

Accreditation Information
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.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
OnCourse Learning is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education approved provider (prov no. 451980-12 from 06/08/2012 to 12/29/2014, 1183 from 09/02/2016 through 09/02/2019).
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Massage Therapy and Georgia Board of Massage Therapy (provider # 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 7/9/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 5/27/2014
Course Termination/Update Date: 5/27/2017

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Latashia C - Conway, SC  ·  Jun 23, 2018
very informative. i really like it. up until the fact that i have to write 20 characters in this box.
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Whitney G - Pocatello, ID  ·  Mar 17, 2018
It was very informative. I really enjoyed learning for about lupus.
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Anita H - Faairbanks, AK  ·  Feb 02, 2018
a little difficult but very knowledgeable
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Brent F - Davenport, FL  ·  Jan 22, 2018
There is no indication of how a massage therapist can help a patient with lupus.
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Maria Fatima P - Sarasota, FL  ·  Oct 15, 2017
Wrote it on 'Other Comments' above. Thank you, Fatima, RN, LMT
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