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Patient Information about Gout: An International Review of Existing Educational Resources

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Johnston ME1, Treharne GJ1, Chapman PT1, Stamp LK1. J Rheumatol. 2015 Apr 1. pii: jrheum.141442. [Epub ahead of print]


OBJECTIVE: Inadequate patient information about gout may contribute to poor disease outcomes. We reviewed existing educational resources for gout to identify strengths and weaknesses and compare resources cross-nationally.

METHODS: Content, readability, and dietary recommendations were reviewed using a sample of 30 resources (print and Web-based) from 6 countries.

RESULTS: More than half of the resources were written at a highly complex level. Some content areas were lacking coverage, including comorbidity risks, uric acid target levels, and continuing allopurinol during acute attacks.

CONCLUSION: Our findings suggest significant room for improvement in gout patient educational resources, particularly regarding self-management.