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Depression in African American Women with SLE

Lupus; ePub 2018 Nov 27; Jordan, Thompson, et al

Recent findings highlight the importance of monitoring depressive symptoms in African American women with lupus and developing interventions aimed to increase social support available to this population. Researchers used a mixed methods design, analyzing self-reported data on lupus-related organ damage, depression, and social support in 437 African American women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) recruited in the Georgians Organized Against Lupus (GOAL) cohort. Moreover, they conducted interviews among 15 GOAL participants to gather patients' perspectives about the role of social support in people who live with lupus. They found:

  • There was a significant association between organ damage and depression, as well as between depression and social support.
  • The quantitative analysis did not render social support as a significant moderator in the organ damage-depression relationship.
  • Interviews, however, revealed that African American women with the most severe organ damage have the greatest need for support.
Citation:

Jordan J, Thompson NJ, Dunlop-Thomas C, Lim SS, Drenkard C. Relationships among organ damage, social support, and depression in African American women with systemic lupus erythematosus. [Published online ahead of print November 27, 2018]. Lupus. doi:10.1177%2F0961203318815573.

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