Sjögren's syndrome is more than just dry eyes and dry mouth; it is a complex, systemic autoimmune disease that affects the entire body. Primary care clinicians are in a unique position to help patients make sense of the complex array of symptoms to reach a diagnosis, make a referral to a rheumatologist when possible, or if needed, fully treat the disease. As the number of rheumatologists in the U.S. declines, it is essential that primary care clinicians understand how to diagnose and manage Sjögren’s syndrome in order to help patients live fully and comfortably with their disease. 

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the complex symptoms of Sjögren’s syndrome
  • Describe the methods used for diagnosing Sjögren’s syndrome
  • Discuss available treatment options and status of Sjögren’s clinical trials


Theresa Lawrence Ford, MD

CEO & Medical Director
North Georgia Rheumatology Group
Clinical Associate Professor
Philadelphia College of Medicine - GA Campus
Adjunct Faculty
Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Lawrenceville, GA 

Judith Furlong, MD, FAAFP

Assistant Clinical Faculty
University of Toledo College of Medicine
Toledo, OH
Prior Associate Director
Family Medicine Residency Program
Flower Hospital
Sylvania, OH 


The following relevant financial relationships have been disclosed by faculty: 

Theresa Lawrence Ford, MD 

Advisory Board for AbbVie Inc.; Amgen Inc.; AstraZeneca; Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Flexion Therapeutics Inc.; Genentech; GlaxoSmithKline; Horizon Therapeutics plc; Iroko Pharmaceuticals, LLC; Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC; Lilly USA, LLC; Mallinckrodt; Pfizer Inc.; Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.; and UCB. Contracted Research for AbbVie Inc.; Amgen Inc.; AstraZeneca; Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Celgene Corporation; GlaxoSmithKline; Idorsia Pharmaceuticals Ltd; Incyte Corporation; Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC; Lilly USA, LLC; Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.; and Viela Bio. Speaker’s Bureau for AbbVie Inc.; Amgen Inc.; AstraZeneca; Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Flexion Therapeutics Inc.; Genentech; GlaxoSmithKline; Horizon Therapeutics plc; Iroko Pharmaceuticals, LLC; Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC; Lilly USA, LLC; Mallinckrodt; Pfizer Inc.; Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.; and UCB.

Judith Furlong, MD, FAAFP

No financial relationships to disclose.

Non-faculty contributors involved in the planning, development, editing, and review of the content have disclosed no relevant financial relationships. 

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

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Education Partner

Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation, Inc.

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