Gout Research and Clinical Data

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.

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The pain during a gout attack is often so excruciating that many go to an emergency room for relief.

On a pain scale of one to 10, most gout patients rank their pain as a nine or a 10. Many report that during an attack, the affected joint feels as if it is caught in a mechanical device. Even the thought of a bedsheet touching the joint is enough to make them cringe.

Gout attacks come on quickly and can last for several days. After a first attack, most people will experience another painful flare within a year. More than three in four gout sufferers will have another attack within two years. Subsequent attacks often are more severe and last longer.

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Gout Education Society Study

A 2015 survey conducted on behalf of the Gout 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.


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CME Courses

The Gout Education Society believes that continuing education for medical professionals and their staff is crucial when it comes to keeping up with the latest in gout treatment, diagnosis and management.

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ACR Guidelines

In October 2012, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) published its long anticipated “Guidelines for the Management of Gout.” In September 2015, ACR expanded on the existing guidelines and released new classification criteria about gout.

Education Library Resources - Take a Stand on Gout- Implications of the ACR Guidelines for Gout Management

Gout Education Library

With gout on the rise, it is essential that all patients, especially those touched by gout, are knowledgeable about this serious disease. You can always learn more from your doctor during regular visits. Take a stand on gout!

Statistically Speaking

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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.