Introduction: Joint involvement represents the major determinant in quality of life (QoL)in Systemic Lupus Erhytematosus (SLE) patients. However, QoLhas been generally evaluated by non-specific questionnaires. We evaluated the relationship between SLE musculoskeletal manifestations and QoL, assessed by LupusQoL. Methods: Patients with joint involvement (group A) were compared with those without this feature (group B). Disease activity was assessed by SLEDAI-2k in the whole population, while DAS28 and swollen to tender ratio were applied to assess joint activity. LupusQoL was administered to all the patients. Results: Group A included 110 patients [M/F 8/102; median age 49 years (IQR 13), median disease duration 156 months (IQR 216)], group B 58 [M/F 11/47; median age 40 years (IQR 15), median disease duration 84 months (IQR 108)].We found significanlty lower values in all the LupusQoL domains except for one (burden to others) in group A in comparison with group B. A significant correlation between DAS28 values and all the LupusQoL domains in group A was found; only three domains correlated with SLEDAI-2k. Conclusions: SLE-related joint involvement significantly influences disease-specific QoL. DAS28 better correlated with LupusQoL domains in comparison with SLEDAI-2k, confirming the need for specific musculoskeletal activity indices.
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