When we are able to understand the patient’s unique perspective, without bias, we can provide better care. We have unique skills, abilities, and knowledge that allow us to make a positive difference in potentially life-threatening disease processes. We must arm ourselves to combine our knowledge with the ultimate in compassionate care—improving outcomes through self-awareness and an improved appreciation of and for the racial and cultural differences that we all bring to the doctor–patient relationship.
The ACR, through The Lupus Initiative, is providing the resources that allow us to provide truly compassionate care to all of our patients. For more information, visit www.thelupusinitiative.org.
Dr. Uknis is professor of medicine and senior associate dean for admissions and strategy at Temple University in Philadelphia. Contact her at [email protected].