Preventive health services for systemic lupus erythematosus patients: whose job is it?
1 Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, 830 Faculty Office Tower, 510th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294-3408, USA
2 Department of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, School of Medicine, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Marcoleta 350, Santiago 8330033, Chile
Arthritis Research & Therapy 2010, 12:124 doi:10.1186/ar3040
See related research article by Yazdany et al., http://arthritis-research.com/content/12/3/R84Published: 17 June 2010
Apropos of the article about preventive health care for patients with systemic lupus erythematosus in this issue of Arthritis Research & Therapy, we offer some thoughts about how best to delineate the roles of the specialist (rheumatologist) and the generalist in the provision of services to these patients. Even in the best circumstances, these services are now provided at a rate that is less than optimal. We also offer a point about empowering patients to become vigilant about their own care.