Gout Professional

You are on the frontline for diagnosing and treating gout. Because the American College of Rheumatology issued new guidelines in 2012 for the management of gout, the Gout & Uric Acid Education Society wanted to ensure that you have the latest information and perspectives from gout specialists, designed to help improve patient disease management and outcomes.

The Gout & Uric Acid Education Society has developed a Gout Information Kit for medical professionals. More than 8 million Americans have gout, and the patient numbers are rising. However, just 10 percent of patients are receiving proper treatment. A better understanding of gout can contribute to faster and more accurate diagnosis, improved treatment and identification of possible comorbidities.

There are several online and downloadable disease information documents and videos for your review, and for you and your staff to share with patients. Please take a moment and take a look.

All tools contained in this kit are in the public domain and may be downloaded and reproduced as desired.

For more information on how to obtain hard copies of some of the tools featured in this kit, please submit a request on our website at GoutEducation.org/contact-us. Please check back regularly to see new or revised informational gout resources, and stay tuned to our website, GoutEducation.org, for new information.

Gout Professional

A potentially debilitating form of inflammatory arthritis most often found in the toe, foot, knee and other joints, gout is a serious disease requiring long-term therapy to manage it. Gout is not well understood, and diagnosis can be difficult. Sixty-five percent of adults in a national poll admitted to being “not at all knowledgeable” about gout, and only 20 percent of adults said they believe that gout is a “serious” condition.

There is a growing epidemic of gout in the United States and other industrial countries. It is important that medical professionals, who see more and more gout present in their patients, understand its epidemiology and how best to diagnose and treat patients suffering from painful gout flares.

The Gout & Uric Acid Education is taking a stand on gout. With this kit, our goal is to provide a thorough level of up-to-date information about gout: patient demographics, proper diagnosis and treatment guidelines, medications, comorbidity considerations, video perspectives from gout specialists and disease myths and stereotypes. We provide simple downloadable handouts for your patients. In addition to the easy-read materials and videos, medical professionals – from primary care physicians, ER staff and nurse practitioners to medical specialists – can also now access the latest information, including the new American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Guidelines for the Management of Gout. Part 1 of the Guidelines focuses on nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic approaches to hyperuricemia. Part 2 focuses on therapy and anti-inflammatory prophylaxis of acute gouty arthritis.

Through a separate patient portal on this website, we also strive to improve patient understanding about gout—so they will be more likely to seek earlier and proper evaluation, diagnosis and treatment, and learn why adherence to treatment will lead to improved long-term quality of life.

Content development for this Gout Information Kit has been overseen by our Board of Directors. gouteducation.org/about-us/advisory-board

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Gout Professional
  1. Gain insights from gout specialists and the American College of Rheumatology on the latest guidelines for diagnosing gout and helping patients manage its stages, and to learn more about risk factors such as co-morbidities, age, gender and ethnicity.
  2. Talk to your patients about gout as a chronic, inflammatory form of arthritis caused by a burden of high uric acid, and how, together with their doctor and proper medical care, they can avoid or reduce gout flares and improve their long-term prognosis.