Our October #RheumChat was co-hosted by the Lupus Initiative (@LupusInitiative). The American College of Rheumatology’s Lupus Initiative® is a multi-faceted education program designed to reduce disparities and improve outcomes among people with lupus. The initiative is dedicated to improving the diagnosis, treatment, and management of lupus in populations disproportionately affected based on race, ethnicity, and gender.

The topic of the chat was Living with Lupus: The Importance of Self-Management.

Q1: Why is it so important for people living with lupus to practice self-management?

Q2: What are ways people living with lupus can self-manage their lupus?

Q3: In what areas of self-management have you found that patients struggle the most?

Q4: How does stress impact lupus? What are some techniques to reduce stress?

Q5: Why is communication so important in successfully managing lupus?

Q6: How can a person improve communication with their doctor if you only have a few minutes at each appointment?

Q7: Where can individuals go to find resources to help them self-manage lupus?

Join us for monthly #RheumChats

We will continue to host a #RheumChat on the third Thursday of every month with a different topic and co-host. Be sure to check the #RheumChat page and our social media channels for future topics, co-hosts, and questions.

If you have topic ideas for future Twitter chats, or you are interested in co-hosting a chat, please contact us at pr@rheumatology.org.