International Task Force Recommends Treat-to-Target Approach to Lupus

Source: Rheumatology Network

Rheumatology Network reports: An international task force of multi-speciality experts says the "treat-to-target" approach can be applied just as effectively in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) as it has proven in rheumatoid arthritis.

After a review of current evidence, the panel (including rheumatologists, nephrologists, dermatologists, clinical immunologists, specialists in internal medicine, and a patient representative) decided on 11 therapeutic goals for managing SLE.

The panel also developed four overarching principles for patient care, emphasizing shared decision-making and long-term monitoring.

Published paper: van Vollenhoven RF, Mosca M, Bertsias G, et al., Treat-to-target in systemic lupus erythematosus: recommendations from an international task force. Ann Rheum Dis. (2014) Apr 16.