Effectiveness of a Knowledge-based Intervention for Patients With Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus
Studies have shown that there are significant differences in severity and outcome of lupus in patients of colored skin compared with Caucasians. There are many factors that lead to this discrepancy: genetics, poverty, education level, as well as behavioral and cultural factors. Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus (CLE) is a disease of flares and remissions with identifiable triggers. One of the most aggravating triggers in CLE is sun exposure. The investigators hypothesize that there are disparities in knowledge about photoprotection, leading to poorer outcomes in minority ethnic groups. This study aims to assess knowledge of risk factors and triggers, especially sun exposure, and the effects on quality of life of Caucasian and minority populations, by conducting an assessment survey and subsequent teaching intervention on appropriate skin protection techniques including appropriate sun screen application, and use of sun-protective clothing. After three months a survey to evaluate knowledge retention about and the application of the educational intervention will be conducted.
|Study Design:||Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
|Official Title:||Effectiveness of a Knowledge-based Intervention for Patients With Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus|
- Does an interventional intervention impact immediate post-intervention knowledge [ Time Frame: 0 hours ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Immediately after the educational intervention delivered by study personnel on Cutaneous lupus and sun exposure, the subject will be asked to complete a questionnaire which will be used to assess the immediate effect of the educational intervention on the subject's knowledge of sun exposure's effects on Cutaneous lupus.
- Does an education intervention impact long term knowledge? [ Time Frame: 3 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Three months after the initial visit, the study personnel will call the subject and obtain answers to a subsequent questionnaire.
|Study Start Date:||May 2012|
|Study Completion Date:||January 2013|
|Primary Completion Date:||January 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
|CLE and sun counseling||
Behavioral: Cutaneous Lupus educational script
Subjects will listen to a short informational script on Cutaneous lupus and skin protection
|United States, Illinois|
|Northwestern University Department of Dermatology|
|Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60611|
|Principal Investigator:||Roopal Kundu, M.D.||Northwestern University|