Quality of life and satisfaction with life in SLE patients-the importance of clinical manifestations

Clin Rheumatol. 2010 Sep;29(9):991-7. doi: 10.1007/s10067-010-1509-0. Epub 2010 Jun 9.


To assess the correlation between quality of life (QoL) and satisfaction with life (SL) in SLE patients and correlate both with clinical symptoms of the disease. The study was performed in 83 patients. QoL was assessed by Short Form 36, and SL was assessed by the Satisfaction with Life Scale. Clinical manifestations presented at the time of examination were taken into consideration. SLE patients assessed their QoL and SL as rather low. Those with photosensitivity as well as neurological symptoms presented lower QoL in particular domains, while those with renal manifestation of SLE assessed their QoL as higher. Similar observations were made for SL only in relation to neurological symptoms. Moreover, our findings show that although SL is a part of QoL, both these parameters should be distinguished in order to fully assess the state of the patient.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic / psychology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nervous System Diseases / psychology
  • Personal Satisfaction*
  • Photosensitivity Disorders / psychology
  • Quality of Life / psychology*
  • Severity of Illness Index