New SLE Recommendations

As an Initiative of the Canadian Rheumatology Association, the Canadian SLE Working Group developed novel recommendations for the assessment and monitoring of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) using GRADE (Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluation).   Strong recommendations are made for cardiovascular risk assessment, annual influenza vaccination, and the measurement of anti-Ro and antiLa in the peripartum period while conditional recommendations are made for using validated measures of disease activity and damage, peripartum assessments, evaluation of osteoporosis and osteonecrosis, and screening for hepatitis B and C. This work has identified future areas of research and consideration for future therapeutic recommendations.

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