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Diet and lupus: what do the patients think?

Robinson, GA; Mcdonnell, T; Wincup, C; Martin-Gutierrez, L; Wilton, J; Kalea, AZ; Ciurtin, C; ... Jury, EC; + view all (2019) Diet and lupus: what do the patients think? Lupus , 28 (6) pp. 755-763. 10.1177/0961203319845473. Green open access

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of mortality in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Therefore, using diet to control blood lipid levels and modify cardiovascular disease risk could be a promising therapeutic strategy to control disease symptoms. The primary objective of this study was to learn about systemic lupus erythematosus patient experiences with diet, including their opinion on considering diet as a therapeutic option. The secondary objective was to obtain this information in a cost- and time-effective manner. METHODS: A lay summary and a 15-question diet-based online survey were publicly available for 3 weeks. Social media was used to promote the survey through relevant charities, hospitals and research groups. RESULTS: A total of 300 responses were received, 284 from patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Patients reported that there was a lack of clinical counselling regarding diet, with only 24% stating their doctor had spoken to them about diet. Despite this, 100% of patients stated they would change their diet if they knew it would help their symptoms and 83% would take part in a future diet-based clinical trial. Text analysis of patient research suggestions identified a particular interest in using diet to treat fatigue and manage disease flares. CONCLUSIONS: This project successfully gathered patient information regarding diet and systemic lupus erythematosus over a short timeframe using an anonymous social media platform. The survey provided evidence that patients support further research and potential diet intervention studies investigating the effect of diet on the symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus.

Type: Article
Title: Diet and lupus: what do the patients think?
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0961203319845473
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/0961203319845473
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Lupus, diet, patient opinion, patient public involvement engagement, social media, survey, therapy
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Medicine
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Medicine > Inflammation
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Medicine > Metabolism and Experi Therapeutics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10073855
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