Monitoring systemic lupus erythematosus in standard clinical care

Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 2007 Aug;21(4):687-97. doi: 10.1016/j.berh.2007.01.003.


Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a multisystem autoimmune disease with a fluctuating and unpredictable course. Monitoring SLE in the routine clinic setting is a challenge because both the disease and its treatment can result in organ damage. Disease activity indices and a cumulative history summary can be used to track complicated patients over time. Monitoring guidelines for damage from the disease and for the toxicity of treatment are available.

MeSH terms

  • Data Collection
  • Disease Management
  • Glucocorticoids / adverse effects
  • Humans
  • Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic / complications
  • Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic / drug therapy
  • Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic / therapy*
  • Medical Records
  • Physical Examination
  • Prednisone / adverse effects
  • Quality of Life


  • Glucocorticoids
  • Prednisone