AAFP Partnership With Lupus Foundation Pays Dividends

AAFP News (09/17/20)

Members of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the Lupus Foundation of America have reaped benefits from a joint effort to improve lupus patients' quality of life funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the Partners United for Lupus Sustainable Education grant program. Howard University College of Medicine Professor Krishnan Narasimhan, MD, said the collaboration's resources offer family physicians (FPs) "a practical framework to diagnose and treat these patients." The five-year partnership concluded in September. The aim of the program was to establish an evidence-based national awareness and education campaign for healthcare professionals and lupus patients; create a network of individuals and organizations to guide and support education, awareness and public health programs; and boost usage of evidence-based strategies for self-management education, physical activity and strength training for patients, clinicians and caregivers. The organizations in 2018 and 2019 developed a continuing medical education (CME) approach so FPs could better recognize lupus symptoms, diagnose with more confidence and further knowledge on appropriate referral. In May 2019, the AAFP started offering a CME course on lupus management. This past July, the academy released another course on autoimmune conditions with a section on lupus. These resources are available here.

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