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Rheumatologists, Social Workers Collaborate to Help Patients with Lupus

The Rheumatologist—April 19, 2017

The Rheumatologist featured the collaborative effort between rheumatologists and social workers for patients with lupus at Hospital for Special Surgery.

Jillian Rose, LCSW, MPH, assistant director at HSS said "our goal is to help patients navigate the complex healthcare system. We help patients co-create a solid care plan that suits their needs and lifestyle. Even though their illness may be out of control, we want patients to feel more in control and at the center of their care."

HSS offers lupus support and educational programs directed by the Department of Social Work, such as Charla de Lupus (Lupus Chat)®, LANtern® and LupusLine®.

Jane E. Salmon, MD, rheumatologist at HSS said "our close relationship with social workers makes these goals achievable." She added, "social workers assess patient barriers related to culture, mental health, treatment adherence, insurance status, language and education and help the team develop approaches to overcome impediments."

Read the full article at The-Rheumatologist.org





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