Dear Medical Professional,

Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the Gout Specialists Network (GSN). The GSN is an initiative lead by the Gout Education Society (GES)—a nonprofit organization of health care professionals whose mission is to raise public awareness of gout and improve overall patient care.

Today, more than 9.2 million Americans are suffering from this serious and potentially debilitating form of inflammatory arthritis. With an aging baby boomer population growing, it is more important than ever for medical professionals—who are on the frontlines of patient care—to get involved. Your support is especially critical, considering just 10 percent of gout patients are getting needed, ongoing treatment.

The GSN is designed to unite medical professionals who have experience in the diagnosis, treatment and management of gout. The network will also serve as a forum for all medical professionals with an interest in gout to access the latest information and research on gout, in addition to a variety of patient and professional education and resources.

As part of the GSN, medical professionals will be eligible to become a part of a medical professional locator, which will enable patients to search for a gout specialist by zip code. In an independent research survey, conducted on behalf of GES, we learned that many patients with gout do not believe they are accessing the best care in a timely manner. This is where you come in. By joining the GSN, you will become part of a nationwide initiative that ensures patients receive the best possible treatment and care for gout.