Study Reveals Disparities in Black Lupus Care


Anthony Jones takes his daily lupus medication and supplements at his Seattle apartment on June 20, 2023. Diagnosed with the disease when he was 19, Jones sometimes has difficulty making it to work when his lupus flares up. Washington lawmakers had cases like his in mind when they passed a new long-term care tax that takes effect July 1, making Washington the first state in the nation to deduct money from workers' paychecks to finance long-term care benefits. (AP Photo/Ed Komenda)
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (AURN News) — The Lupus Foundation of America has released a new study that focuses on African Americans. Research conducted under the Lupus AIM (Addressing Health Inequities in Minorities) program, and published in ACR Open Rheumatology, underscores factors including race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, education, healthcare access, and social conditions. 

The study also highlights the disproportionate impact of lupus on Black populations, revealing higher risks of disease development and poorer health outcomes, including increased severity and mortality.

It also underscores disparities in healthcare affordability, accessibility, and neighborhood conditions as contributors to these health disparities. The study calls for further research to address the unique challenges faced by African Americans when it comes to lupus care.

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