New Analysis Underscores Need for Lupus Initiative to Improve Lupus Diagnosis

The LRI conceived of the Lupus Initiative to meet what we identified as the critical need  to improve recognition and diagnosis of lupus among healthcare professionals. A study just published in The American Journal of Medicine confirms the need for professional training to develop the knowledge base needed for primary care physicians to test appropriately for lupus and refer to rheumatology specialists as needed.  In collaboration with the Offices of Minority Health and Women’s Health and the U.S. Surgeon General, the LRI successfully advocated for Congressional allocations to develop the professional training program, the Lupus Initiative, expected to launch this year.