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International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases ; 26(Supplement 1):157.0, 2023.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-2230454


Background: The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has limited healthcare delivery for patients with chronic diseases, including Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). This study aims to describe the outcomes of patients with SLE in a national COVID-19 referral center in the Philippines. Method(s): A review of records of all patients with SLE seen in the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) from March 2020 to December 2021 was done. Data about patient characteristics, health encounters, and outcomes before and after the first visit during the study period were extracted. Descriptive statistics were employed. Result(s): Our population of 403 patients was predominantly young (mean age 34.53 +/- 11.14 years), female, and unemployed. This consisted of 370 known cases of SLE, 92 were diagnosed in institutions outside UP-PGH, and 33 new patients. Over the 22-month study period, there were 2,093 medical encounters, most of them were teleconsultations (81.70%). During an average gap of 53.6 +/- 26.7 weeks between the last consultation and the first visit within the pandemic study period, 84 patients (22.70%) discontinued at least one of their SLE control medications, 68 (18.38%) patients developed a lupus flare, and 79 (21.35%) were hospitalized for various reasons. On their return to the rheumatology clinic during the pandemic, 37.47% were in lupus flare, 28.29% needed to be hospitalized, and 20 died. However, 86.75% of flares were controlled. During subsequent health encounters, 48 patients had a new flare (43 of these were controlled) and 20 died. The most common reason for hospitalization (n = 160) was lupus disease flare and the most common cause of death (n = 40) was pneumonia. Sixty patients acquired COVID-19 infection from which most recovered and four died. Conclusion(s): Audio teleconsultation was the most common method used by our lupus cohort to interact with their doctors during the pandemic. There was an average of a year-long interruption in medical care for 62.70%. More than a third developed a disease flare and 15% acquired COVID-19 but outcomes were good in more than 85%. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, the majority of our lupus cohort who were able to continue their treatment had favorable outcomes.

International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases ; 24(SUPPL 2):156, 2021.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-1457678
Phillippine Journal of Internal Medicine ; 59(1):1-4, 2021.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-1283155