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Marilee G. Bomar, RN, MSN

School of Health Professions, University of Missouri-Columbia


This VHCT case was supported by Grant / Cooperative Agreement Number U32/CCU704929-09-1 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the author and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC.

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Marilee G. Bomar, RN, MSN


This case describes a clinical presentation of a young woman with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) as well as medical treatment and self-management skills for persons to live successfully with SLE. Included are specifics about chronic illness, self-management skills, learning self-management skills and potential benefits of using self-management skills.

This case is designed for health professionals and students in physical therapy, occupational therapy, physicians, nurses, psychologists, nutritionists, social workers, and other related fields of study.


  • Define systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
  • Describe how SLE is diagnosed.
  • Describe the main categories of medications used in the treatment of SLE.
  • List other medical treatments that may be needed for people with SLE.
  • Define self-management.
  • Discuss evidence that supports self-management.
  • Identify resources for further information about SLE.

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