Towards adaptive structuring of the lupologist’s consultation to transform the care pathway of systemic lupus erythematosus

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Laurent Chiche Guillemette Thomas Noémie Jourde-Chiche Thomas Escoda


Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a complex autoimmune disease, which can be clinically heterogeneous in the same patient over the disease process and has an unpredictable evolution. Although its prevalence is increasing, SLE remains a rare disease with frequent extra-articular manifestations managed by multiple specialists. Among these, the internist is a key player in the overall coordination of the care pathway. The dramatic improvement in the short-term prognosis of SLE observed over the past few decades has favoured the emergence of more chronic disease-associated morbidities, especially infectious, cardiovascular and/or related to sequelae, notably renal. Thus, every lupologist is confronted with the difficulty of having to address, in an educational, individualised but also systematic way, a certain number of key items on which the short-, medium- and long-term medical future of patients who develop SLE at a relatively young age depend. In recent years, in addition to the creation of a network of reference centres and the drafting of regularly updated national therapeutic guidelines and therapeutic education programs, international consensus about the factors to consider in SLE patients has been reached, including the definition of therapeutic objectives according to a treat-to-target (T2T) strategy. However, the translation of these new objectives/paradigms in real-life has encountered a number of difficulties. As part of a multidisciplinary team involving SLE patients, we developed practical tools in the form of CHECKLISTs addressing the problems of refractory SLE (D2T), the management of comorbidities and toxicities (BASICs), and, more recently, therapeutic de-escalation with a shared medical decision (T2U). It appears that there is an opportunity to transform the care pathway of SLE patients by allowing the implementation of these tools within adaptive structuring of the consultation, which has the advantage of defining a starting point within the care pathway as a common denominator for lupologists, regardless of their specialty or where they work.

Keywords: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Adaptive Structuring of the Lupologist’s Consultation, Lupologist’s Consultation to Transform the Care Pathway of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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CHICHE, Laurent et al. Towards adaptive structuring of the lupologist’s consultation to transform the care pathway of systemic lupus erythematosus. Medical Research Archives, [S.l.], v. 11, n. 3, mar. 2023. ISSN 2375-1924. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 20 apr. 2024. doi:
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