“Peer Approaches to Lupus Self-management”
The Peer Approaches to Lupus Self-Management (PALS) study is a randomized, controlled in which 360 African American women with lupus will be recruited from the MUSC SLE database (60 mentors and 300 mentees). The peer mentoring intervention (patients will be matched with peer mentors who are considered competent in the management of their condition to provide modeling and reinforcement to participants) will occur by telephone for approximately 60 minutes every two weeks for 24 weeks. All participants will be assessed at baseline, mid-intervention (12 weeks post-enrollment), immediately following the intervention (24 weeks post-enrollment), and 12 months post-enrollment. The study will last 60 months with recruitment and enrollment over 48 months, 6 months for intervention delivery and 6 months for data analysis.
Behavioral - Peer Mentoring
Manualized peer mentorship program designed to provide modeling and reinforcement by peers (mentors) to other African American women with SLE (mentees) to encourage them to engage in activities that promote disease self-management.
Behavioral - Social Support Group
Social support controls will participate in a lupus support group created for this project, on the same schedule as peer mentoring sessions.
Peer Approaches to Lupus Self-management