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Clinical Rheumatology

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 21–25 | Cite as

How is Gout Managed in Primary Care? A Review of Current Practice and Proposed Guidelines

  • B. Pal
  • M. Foxall
  • T. Dysart
  • F. Carey
  • M. Whittaker
Original Article

Abstract:

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.

Key words:Alcohol – Allopurinol – Gout – Hypertension – Monitoring – Monosodium urate crystals – Obesity – Primary care 

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© Clinical Rheumatology 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Pal
    • 1
  • M. Foxall
    • 2
  • T. Dysart
    • 1
  • F. Carey
    • 1
  • M. Whittaker
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Rheumatology and Clinical Audit, Withington HospitalGB
  2. 2.Manchester Multidisciplinary Audit and Quality Group, (Manchester Health Authority)GB
  3. 3.Didsbury Medical Practice, Didsbury, Manchester, UKGB

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