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Lower mortality rates among Asian and Hispanic lupus patients

Discussion in 'Lupus News, Awareness and Research' started by Joanne, Jan 16, 2015.

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    Asian and Hispanic lupus patients in the United States have lower death rates than whites, blacks or Native Americans with the disease, a new study reveals.

    "While previous research has examined racial differences among lupus patients, the studies have primarily been based at academic research centers," said lead author Dr. Jose Gomez-Puerta, of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. "Our study investigates the variation in death rates due to lupus among different ethnic groups in a general clinical setting."

    Medicaid claims filed by more than 42,200 lupus patients, aged 18 to 65, between 2000 and 2006, were reviewed by researchers. Of those reviewed, nearly 8,200 had lupus nephritis (kidney inflammation).

    Tthe percentages of patients with lupus or lupus nephritis by racial/ethnic group,were: black, 40 percent; white, 38 percent; Hispanic, 15 percent; Asian, 5 percent; and Native American, 2 percent.

    According to the study which was published January 15 in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology, the lowest death rates were noted for Hispanic and Asian lupus patients. The annual death rate was highest among Native Americans, blacks and whites, in that order.

    "In less than three years of follow-up of Medicaid patients with lupus, we found a great disparity in mortality [death] rates among ethnic groups. Understanding the variation of death among the races is important to determine how best to treat individual patients, modify risk factors, and ultimately improve survival for those with lupus," Gomez-Puerta said in a journal news release.
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