Living with Lupus: A Biopsychosocial Approach
5 CE Credits
Lupus is a devastating autoimmune disease that primarily affects women of childbearing age. This course provides an overview of the biological presentation and implications of the disease, as well as the associated epidemiology, and psychological reactions (e.g., adjustment to the diagnosis, long-term coping, interpersonal disclosure, family planning, co-morbid anxiety and depression). The interplay between healthcare professionals and the lupus patient is often too one-sided. Participants in this course will be introduced to tools that the lupus patient can use to build self-confidence in speaking about the disease to others. The importance of a multi-disciplinary approach to working with medically complex cases is emphasized and psychological strategies to enhance patient care are presented.
After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
- Discuss the biological and epidemiological presentation and implications of Lupus, as well as available treatments and potential side-effects.
- Identify emotional and psychological correlates of Lupus (e.g., adjustment to diagnosis, long-term coping, interpersonal disclosure, complications related to fertility and family planning, co-morbid depression and anxiety).
- Recognize the importance of a multi-disciplinary approach to care within this medically complex population and discuss psychosocial strategies to enhance patient care.