There are substantial racial disparities in the burden of lupus, according to initial data from the largest and most far-reaching epidemiology study ever conducted on the disease lupus and published recently in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism.
Women of color have higher incidence rates of this serious autoimmune disease than their white counterparts. They also tend to have a more severe and aggressive form of the disease. What role can nurses play in helping to fight lupus disparities?
While efforts to close racial and ethnic health gaps in such areas as cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and cardiovascular disease are frequently in the national spotlight, lupus is one minority health disparity that has received relatively little attention.