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Body Image in Lupus Screen:

Simple and quick way to screen for body image concerns among people with lupus.

People with lupus may develop poor body image.

BILS was developed as a quick screen for body image evaluation specifically for lupus, using FDA guidelines, and feedback from male and female patients with lupus. It has 5 items, and is validated against three other longer body image measures.

It is available by itself for studies or patient care; and also is included as a domain within the LupusPRO. It is published and validated in numeorus languages, and is responsive to change in body image.


  1. Jolly M, Pickard AS, Sequeira W, Wallace DJ, Solem CT, Mikolaitis RA, Fogg L, Weisman MH,Block JA, Cash TF: A brief assessment tool for body image in systemic lupus Erythematosus. Body Image, 2011, 9(2): 279-284.
  2. Jolly M,Pickard AS, Mikolaitis RA, Cornejo J, Sequeira W, Cash TF, Block JA: Body Image in Patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 2012,19(2): 157-164.

  3. Jolly M, Peters KF, Mikolaitis R, Evans-Raoul K, Block JA. Body image intervention to improve health outcomes in lupus: a pilot study. J Clin Rheumatol. 2014 Dec;20(8):403-10. doi: 10.1097/RHU.0000000000000141.


For information on, or permission to use the tool, please contact:

Meenakshi Jolly, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine

Rheumatology, Department of Medicine

Rush University Medical Center

1611 W Harrison Street, Suite 510

Chicago, Il 60612

Phone: 312.563.2800

Fax: 312.563.2075

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Conditions of use: With Author’s written Permission only. Free for academic/non- profit research, with the signature of an agreement. With fees for commercial/pharmaceutical companies, with the signature of an agreement.

Contact: Meenakshi Jolly, MD at or

Shrijay Vijayan PhD, MBA

Associate Director, Innovation and Technology Transfer,
Rush University Medical Center,
707 South Wood St, Annex Bldg, Lower level
Chicago, IL 60612
P 312-563-2736
F 312-942-2874