How is Gout Managed in Primary Care? A Review of Current Practice and Proposed Guidelines
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Twelve practices with a total list of 74 111 patients were audited; 429 patients were identified with a diagnosis of gout. A wide variation in various clinical and laboratory assessments was detected. Similar variations were also noted regarding dietary advice and medical treatment. Monitoring of patients was infrequent. As a result of this audit, guidelines are proposed to improve the diagnosis and management of gout in the community.
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