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systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), disease activity and related organ damage

Quality of Life and SLE

SLE has a considerable impact on patients, including their psychosocial well-being, interpersonal relationships, quality of life, and productivity, which may result in increased healthcare utilization.1-6

A critical component of treating patients with SLE is providing them with reputable, relevant information. Learn more now.

hospitalized patient

Up to 24X

Hospitalizations for serious infections in patients with SLE7,*


of patients with SLE are hospitalized annually4,8


1 in 6

patients are readmitted
within 30 days6


Retrospective analysis using data of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality from 1996-2011.

Patients with SLE have impaired function affecting multiple aspects of their daily lives. The majority of patients report a periodic or permanent effect on their daily activities.1

In a prospective study of 829 patients with SLE, 91% reported a negative effect on their ability to perform at least one valued life activity, such as cooking, family care, and sleeping.2

Percentage of Patients Who Reported a Negative Effect on Daily Activities

patients daily activities

SLE also impacts patients' career decisions9,*:

Changed their career paths due to the disease9

Retired or quit working earlier than planned9

Reduced their work hours9


Data from the 2011 National Burden of Lupus survey funded and developed by GSK. This survey included 957 people in the lupus community — 502 people who reported being diagnosed with SLE, 204 supporters (family members or friends) of people with lupus and 251 rheumatologists.

Survival rates of SLE patients have improved over the past 5 years, but SLE patients still have a 2.6X higher mortality rate compared with the general population.10


patient christa

As a mother of two active school-aged children, Christa has had to reduce her involvement in her kids' lives due to her fatigue from SLE.

This is a hypothetical patient.

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patient brianne

Brianne is a full-time professional with worsening SLE symptoms that affect her ability to do her day-to-day job.

This is a hypothetical patient.

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This slide deck discusses the path to diagnosis of SLE, pathogenesis of the disease, impact on patients, and how to best support patients.

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What Next?

SLE affects a wide variety of organ systems, therefore, monitoring for organ damage should be conducted regularly.11,12

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