Spotting Sjögren’s: Keys to Successful Diagnosis for PCPs
Sjögren’s disease (SjD) is one of the most prevalent, yet underdiagnosed autoimmune diseases. Most patients see numerous physicians in many different specialties and over months to years after symptoms first appear prior to getting an accurate diagnosis. Many are misdiagnosed with other disorders during this journey. Most patients with SjD present to their primary care provider (PCP) prior to seeing specialists, such as rheumatologists. PCPs could screen for and diagnose patients with SjD at a higher rate and expedite the time to an accurate diagnosis and hence provide much needed and effective treatments that can greatly improve their quality of life. Extraglandular complications affect most patients, proving that SjD is much more than “dry eyes and dry mouth.” PCPs are in a prime position to help identify patients with these complications and assist with proper management and referrals to the appropriate specialists. The participant in this PrimaryCareNOW course will learn the most up to date information about SjD, its diagnosis, and its treatment options. The participant will also have the opportunity to have a Q&A session with Dr. Thomas.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Pri-Med Institute and Sjögren’s Foundation. Pri-Med Institute is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Pri-Med Institute designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Accreditation Standards of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) through the joint providership of Pri-Med Institute and Sjögren’s Foundation. Pri-Med Institute is accredited by the AANP as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing education. Provider Number 040308.
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hour of continuing education, which includes 0.33 hours of pharmacology.
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