A comprehensive overview of living with Sjögren’s: results of a National Sjögren’s Foundation survey

Sara S. McCoy, Miguel Woodham, Vatinee Y. Bunya, Ian Saldanha, Esen K. Akpek, Matthew A. Makara, Alan N. Baer

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To gain insight into the Sjögren’s disease (SjD) patient experience using a survey generated by patients and providers. We evaluated the results of the 2016 Sjögren’s Foundation survey, with 25 questions designed in a collaborative effort between the Foundation, patients with SjD, SjD provider experts, and a marketing research company. We used descriptive statistics to provide a thorough understanding of SjD demographics, symptoms, quality of life (QoL), cost, and treatments. Analyses revealed high symptoms, QoL, and financial burdens in SjD. Dry mouth and eye were the most commonly reported symptoms (94 and 93%, respectively). The most frequent extra-glandular symptoms included fatigue, dry or itchy skin, and morning stiffness. The top three aspects of QoL most impaired included (i) sex life (53%), (ii) participating in hobbies/social activities/extracurricular activities (52%), and (iii) job/career or ability to work (49%). SjD respondents commonly reported taking health food supplements/remedies, vitamin D, and exercising, in addition to taking treatments for symptomatic dryness. SjD costs were high, including a total yearly cost, on average, of $2026 for dental care. SjD respondents reported that dryness and risk factors for lymphoma and fatigue are essential to address with new therapies. In this comprehensive overview of the SjD experience, we demonstrated a high burden of disease to SjD respondents, including symptoms, QoL, and financial burden. We also identify the top goals of therapy for new systemic SjD therapies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2071-2078
Number of pages8
JournalClinical rheumatology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2022


  • Cost
  • Quality of life
  • Sjӧgren’s disease
  • Symptoms
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology


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