• Sarah Schafer, MD

Welcome to Sjogrens Advocate

Updated: May 9, 2020

I was inspired to create Sjogren's Advocate after years of watching the continued neglect of Sjogren's by medical education. Clinicians are willing and eager to learn, but remain largely unfamiliar with the disease. Lack of training combined with large gaps in clinical research means that Sjogren's is often not considered important, even though it is a common, serious, multi-systemic inflammatory disease.

This website offers a practical guide to help both patients and non-rheumatology clinicians navigate this complex disease.

I started off with the topic of diagnosis because it is such a big problem for many patients. The easiest way to access diagnosis sub-page topics such as labs, Classification Criteria, etc. by using the Sitemap link in the footer. Many other topics are in the works; you may find some pages that are "under construction" when you explore the site.

In the body of the website, you will see several colors of "call out" boxes:

The yellow boxes are for commentary, tips and highlights.

The blue boxes contain patient stories.

The green boxes are the "geek" boxes: they include quotes from journal articles and the science underlying much of the content. You may choose to skip these green boxes, or you may as fascinated as I am about the evolving understanding of Sjogren's and autoimmunity.

Please send feedback about this site or its contents to info@sjogrensadvocate.com. I may not be able to get back to you right away. Be sure to read the disclaimer, which requests that you do not ask for advice about your personal health situation. Online forums such as Smart Patients and others are a good place to discuss those issues.

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I welcome comments and questions but please do not write to me asking for personal medical advice. 

This website is for education and information purposes only

and does not substitute for medical diagnosis and treatment.

Please consult with your clinician about your medical care.   

Sjogren’s Advocate is completely independent of the Sjogren’s Foundation.

I am solely responsible for the content herein.

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