Lupus and Community-Based Social Work

Wendy Zeitlin, Diane Gross, Jessica Rowshandel

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Systemic lupus erythematous (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune disease that disproportionately strikes women of color. SLE patients frequently experience physical, emotional, and social challenges that often result in unmet biopsychosocial needs. Because of the nature of the disease and the needs of patients, agencies serving SLE patients that engage in community-based social work can positively impact their clients' lives. The S.L.E. Lupus Foundation participates in a myriad of community-based social work practices to help address the needs of their clients. These services include helping economically disadvantaged patients access appropriate services within their communities, building awareness about SLE in society, connecting with government officials at all levels, and collaborating with health care organizations to serve those affected by SLE. Specific examples of community-based activities at the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation are described in detail.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)627-639
Number of pages13
JournalSocial Work in Health Care
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2012



  • biopsychosocial needs
  • community social work
  • lupus
  • SLE

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