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Clinical Research

Gout is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis, affecting more than 8.3 million Americans today. Unfortunately, it is widely misunderstood by the general public, and there remain inconsistencies of diagnosis and treatment among clinicians.

A 2015 survey conducted on behalf of the Gout & Uric Acid Education Society revealed that very few adults, even those suffering from gout, understand the importance of regular uric acid testing or what their uric acid level should be. Elevated uric acid is the root cause of gout, yet more than 8 in 10 Americans don’t know the target uric acid level for gout. The survey also found startling misconceptions about the disease overall, its causes and proper treatment.

  • 84% of Americans don’t know the target uric acid level for gout
  • Just 10% of Americans overall – and 38% of people who have gout – have had their uric acid checked within the past six months
  • Two-thirds of Americans have never had their uric acid tested
  • More than half of Americans don't even know what uric acid is
  • 6 in 10 Americans – and gout sufferers – don’t know that elevated uric acid contributes to gout risk and gout flares
  • Half of gout sufferers don't believe it's important to monitor their uric acid levels regularly
  • Nearly 6 in 10 Americans don’t know gout is a chronic, life-long disease
  • More than 6 in 10 Americans don’t know gout is a form of arthritis

Additional information about the 2015 survey can be found here. Download these infographics to learn more about how gout is on the rise and the many misconceptions about the disease

Clinical Research/Studies

Below are several relevant publications in current medical literature. If you are aware of additional research that you believe would be helpful to other medical professionals and that you would like us to add to this section, please contact us.