Systematic review of the literature informing the systemic lupus erythematosus indicators project: Reproductive health care quality indicators

Joann ZelL Gillis*, Pantelis Panopalis, Gabriela Schmajuk, Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman, Jinoos Yazdany

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Abstract

Objective: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) primarily affects women of reproductive age. Here we summarize the scientific evidence supporting recently developed quality indicators (QIs) pertaining to reproductive health. Methods: We used a modification of the RAND/UCLA Appropriateness Method to develop QIs for SLE. We performed systematic reviews of the literature pertaining to each proposed indicator. Three indicators focusing on reproductive health were included in the final set. Relevant literature was presented to an expert panel, who rated the validity and feasibility of the indicators. Results: Three QIs were rated as valid and feasible. These indicators specifically address laboratory testing during pregnancy in SLE, the treatment of antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, and counseling for drugs with teratogenic potential. Conclusion: We used a rigorous method to develop reproductive health QIs for SLE. In the future, these indicators can be used in the assessment and delivery of care to patients with SLE.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-30
Number of pages14
JournalArthritis Care and Research
Volume63
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology

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