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Lupus Foundation of America Collaborates with Federal Agencies and the U.S. Surgeon General's Office to Expand Medical Education on Lupus
Date:1/15/2010

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Representatives from the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA), along with 22 national organizations, attended the first consortium meeting aimed at developing a national health care provider education initiative to improve lupus diagnosis, treatment, and management among minorities. The meeting, held at the American College of Rheumatology offices in Atlanta, Georgia from January 12–14, 2010, was facilitated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health (OWH), and Office of Minority Health (OMH).

According to an LFA survey, a person waits on average three years and visits four doctors before receiving an accurate diagnosis of lupus. More than 90 percent of people with lupus are women, and it is two to three times more common among African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, and Native Americans. Physician and health care provider education is critical to improving the early diagnosis and management of lupus, and ultimately preventing the life-threatening consequences of the disease, particularly among those most at-risk for the disease.  

An estimated $1.6 million is available for the initiative entitled, "Eliminating Disparities in Lupus Through Education and Training for Health Professionals" (EDLET/HP), which ultimately seeks to expand and promote the utilization of more comprehensive lupus curricula in medical and nursing schools, and among health care professionals and professional associations.

It is estimated that 80 percent of Americans know little or nothing about lupus. For far too long there have been limited resources to address the patient, public, and professional education gaps in lupus. In part, the first-ever Ad Council public awareness campaign on lupus sponsored by the OWH la
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