Yet Another Study Shows Primary Care Doctors Often Do Not Correctly Manage Gout


Another study showing most primary care doctors do not know how to properly manage gout appeared in the journal Rheumatology International this month.  This study found that only 27.5% of patients had their uric acid level measured on, at least, an annual basis.  This means that doctors where unable to evaluate the effectiveness of uric acid lowering treatment, that is, if they even bothered to prescribe one.

This is another shining example of why it’s important to arm yourself with the facts on how this disease is managed.  There is a lot of very bad information out there and this misinformation results in you being in pain! That’s a pretty compelling reason why you should become familiar with the proper and scientifically backed methods of managing this disease.  Not to replace your doctor, but to complement his care.

I try really hard to refrain from pushing my book on people that come to this site and just focus on getting good, accurate information out there.  In fact, I recommend people get my book free from their local library.  However, I hear so many horror stories about people that are continuing to suffer painful attacks, even while under the care of several doctors.  It drives me crazy.

I love getting e-mails from people that had read by book and have finally gotten control of their gout.  Many of them purchase a copy for their doctor.

Even if you don’t buy my book, I strongly suggest that you read this site and make sure that your doctor has you on the correct medications and is doing the proper follow up care.  See a Rheumatologist.  Even though they are far from perfect on treating gout, they do have a much better track record.


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  1. #1 by Burton Abrams on July 15, 2009 - 7:22 am

    Victor – I strongly support your advice for gout sufferers to arm themselves with the facts about gout and its recommended treatment. But I would extend that advice to any disease that we may suffer. Knowledge allows you to have a meaningful conversation with your doctor about your medical problem to assure yourself that he or she is recommending the best treatment for you, or to determine that you should find another doctor. I believe that if doctors frequently mismanage gout, they frequently mismanage other diseases too.

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