What is it about?
It is hard to study chronic diseases in children in the same way we study them in adult patient populations. Learning Health Systems are designed to allow new methodologies for studying disease outcomes and for identifying optimal treatment strategies. It is ideally suited for studying chronic diseases, such as lupus and lupus kidney disease, in children
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Why is it important?
Lupus is a syndrome that can manifest in a million different ways and with millions of different combinations of symptoms. Therefore, identifying patients with lupus and lupus kidney disease in a Learning Health System can be a big challenge. Mis-identification in a research study is bad, just like getting the diagnosis wrong in a clinical setting is bad. Lupus patients often tell you that they had been mis-diagnosed once or many times before doctors finally figured out that they had lupus all along.
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This page is a summary of: Using a Multi-Institutional Pediatric Learning Health System to Identify Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Lupus Nephritis, Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, November 2021, American Society of Nephrology, DOI: 10.2215/cjn.07810621.
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