The center centralizes patient care and research with the goal of improving the quality of life for all patients with lupus and or APS. Our internationally recognized staff applies a multi-disciplinary approach to the patient including collaborating with our Department of Social Work Programs. Our social work team helps patients and their families enhance their coping with lupus. Social workers do this through assessing and addressing patient and family needs, providing emotional support, and facilitating referrals to HSS and community resources. Social workers assess concerns related to the impact and understanding of lupus and treatment options. Issues related to culture, mental health, treatment adherence, insurance status, language and education are addressed as they can affect the ability to access and utilize needed care. In addition there are programs that offer support and education to patients and their families.
The team of physicians, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, and other professionals develop and carry out an integrated plan of care. Center rheumatologists and staff work closely in other medical disciplines including nephrology, obstetrics and gynecology, dermatology, psychiatry, neurology, cardiology, hematology/oncology, and pain management specialists. This collaborative approach maximizes patient satisfaction and leads to improved outcomes.
To cope with a chronic illness, you need information and resources to guide you to the best outcomes. Our programs will help understand your disease better. You may learn from peers in support groups and implement ways to enhance your relationship with your physician.
Please see below for a list of selected patient care programs.