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Editorial

Preventive health services for systemic lupus erythematosus patients: whose job is it?

Paula I Burgos12 and Graciela S Alarcón1*

Author Affiliations

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

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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/R84

Published: 17 June 2010

Abstract

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.