In the last decades, with the improvement of life expectancies for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients, the relationship between social support and health in this population has received a considerable amount of attention in behavioural medicine and health psychology. This paper is the first to review research studies which specifically investigated perceived social support in relation to SLE patients’ health outcomes (quality of life, disease activity and damage). Starting with a descriptive approach to social support perceived by patients with SLE, the research evidence on the impact of social support on health is presented. These studies demonstrate that the consideration of social support is critical in predicting disease activity, damage and quality of life (both physical and psychological components) although the precise ways in which social support contributes to health are not yet completely understood. Discussing the results, the authors offer some suggestions which could guide further research in this field. Finally, clinical and non-clinical implications of the findings are discussed.

Social support and health in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). A literature review

MAZZONI, DAVIDE;CICOGNANI, ELVIRA
2011

Abstract

In the last decades, with the improvement of life expectancies for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients, the relationship between social support and health in this population has received a considerable amount of attention in behavioural medicine and health psychology. This paper is the first to review research studies which specifically investigated perceived social support in relation to SLE patients’ health outcomes (quality of life, disease activity and damage). Starting with a descriptive approach to social support perceived by patients with SLE, the research evidence on the impact of social support on health is presented. These studies demonstrate that the consideration of social support is critical in predicting disease activity, damage and quality of life (both physical and psychological components) although the precise ways in which social support contributes to health are not yet completely understood. Discussing the results, the authors offer some suggestions which could guide further research in this field. Finally, clinical and non-clinical implications of the findings are discussed.
Mazzoni D.; Cicognani E.
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