Autoimmune rheumatic disease in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples: What do we know?

Laura E. Eades (Leading Author), Jason Sines, Alberta Y. Hoi, Ruaidhri Liddle, Rangi Kandane-Rathnayake, Eric F. Morand, Stephen Brady, Maureen Rischmueller, Fabien B. Vincent (Leading Author)

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Abstract

Autoimmune rheumatic disease (AIRD) is a collective term, which comprises a group of multisystem inflammatory autoimmune diseases, including connective tissue disease, chronic inflammatory arthritis, sarcoidosis and systemic vasculitis. Some AIRD are prevalent in the general population, and all can cause significant morbidity and reduced quality of life, with some increasing the risk of premature mortality, such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), a connective tissue disease that is more prevalent and severe in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples with high mortality rates. To ensure that management of AIRD can be optimised for all Australians, it is important that we understand the prevalence and potential phenotypic variations of AIRD across the Australian population. However, to date there have been few described cases of AIRD other than SLE in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. In this review, we summarise what is known about AIRD other than SLE in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, particularly with regards to prevalence, phenotype and disease outcomes, and highlight the current gaps in knowledge. • Very little is known about autoimmune rheumatic disease (AIRD) other than systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. • There are no longitudinal studies of AIRD other than SLE in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. • Further research into AIRD in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples is needed to ensure that health needs are being met, and to optimise future management strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number152354
Number of pages7
JournalSeminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Volume65
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2024

Keywords

  • Aboriginal
  • Autoimmune rheumatic disease
  • Chronic inflammatory arthritis
  • Connective tissue disease
  • Indigenous Australian
  • Torres Strait Islander

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