for people ages 18-130 (full criteria)
at San Francisco, California and other locations
study started
estimated completion



SPOCS is an international, multicenter, prospective observational cohort study with bi-annual study visits over a 3-year follow-up designed to systematically describe the comprehensive SLE patient-journey regarding clinical features, disease progression and treatment patterns, SLE outcomes, health status assessments (PROs), and health care resource utilization (HCRU) in a general population of moderate-to-severe SLE patients.

Official Title

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) Prospective Observational Cohort Study (SPOCS): Prospective Observational Cohort of Patients With Moderate-to-severe SLE to Characterize Cross-sectional and Longitudinal Disease Activity, Treatment Patterns and Effectiveness, Outcomes and Comorbidities, Healthcare Resource Utilization, and the Impact of SLE on Quality of Life by Type I Interferon Expression


SPOCS is an international, multicenter, prospective observational cohort study with bi-annual follow-up over 3-years maximum follow-up of patients with SLE confirmed by American College of Rheumatology (ACR) or Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics (SLICC) classification criteria, who have moderate-to-severe disease by SLEDAI-2K criteria (Modified SLEDAI-2K score ≥4 and/or SLEDAI-2K score ≥6 points, at least one life-time positive serology of anti-nuclear antibody (ANA) or double-stranded deoxyribonucleic acid antibody (dsDNA), and 6-month minimum treatment duration with systemic SLE treatment beyond NSAIDS and analgesics. Participants will be followed as per local routine clinical practice. SPOCS is an observational study with no requirement for protocolized treatment interventions.


Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Disease, Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18-130

Patients must meet the following criteria for enrollment in SPOCS:

  • Adult patients aged 18 years or older
  • Physician confirmation that patient meets ACR or SLICC SLE classification criteria
  • Current or historic positive serology of ANA or dsDNA
  • Minimum treatment duration of 6 months for active SLE with systemic SLE treatment beyond NSAIDs and analgesics
  • Moderate-to-severe SLE; SLEDAI-2K Criteria: Modified SLEDAI-2K score ≥4 and/or SLEDAI-2K score ≥6. The "Modified" SLEDAI-2K is the SLEDAI-2K assessment score without the inclusion of points attributable to any urine or laboratory results including immunologic measures and lupus headache.
  • Patient and/or representative(s) who understands the requirements of the study and provides written informed consent.

You CAN'T join if...

Patients meeting any of the following criteria will be determined to be ineligible for enrollment in SPOCS:

  • Patients actively enrolled in interventional trials involving investigational agents
  • Patient with active severe lupus nephritis with a history of a renal biopsy in the last year showing active class III or class IV +/- class V lupus nephritis and/or urine protein:creatinine ratio >1mg/mg based on random urine collection.
  • Patients unable to complete study measures


  • Research Site
    San Francisco California 94143 United States
  • Research Site
    West Hills California 91307 United States


in progress, not accepting new patients
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About 830 people participating
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