Are new lupus treatment strategies keeping people healthier? A 42-year longitudinal study found improved health outcomes and decreased mortality for people living with lupus.
Measuring the success of lupus treatments can be a challenge. Though a number of tools have been developed, they often require a combination of laboratory tests and clinician assessments to determine a score. As a result, they may be conducted less frequently. 77% of Lupus Warriors didn’t know how their treatment team measures disease activity in a LupusCorner poll.
One strategy to measure the general success of best practices in healthcare is to look at mortality rates over time. If mortality rates improve, it can be inferred that new strategies of disease management are working for patients.