This module will help practices apply the medical home attributes to the care of patients with gout.

Why is this important?

Gout is a painful crystal-induced arthritis, typified by acute attacks with pain-free episodes between attacks that progresses to chronic inflammatory arthritis with functional limitations and deformities if inadequately untreated.  Gout is now the most common inflammatory arthritis in the US, affecting 3.9% of adults, which corresponds to an estimated 8.3 million US adults. The prevalence of gout continues to rise which is thought to be related to lifestyle factors and aging of the population. Unfortunately, despite the disease being well-understood and available treatments, the majority of patients with gout remain inadequately managed. Because musculoskeletal symptoms are very common in primary care, being the second most common reason for office visits after hypertension, primary care physicians (PCPs) are often the first-line health care providers that manage gout. It is a chronic condition that requires routine follow-up long-term, in addition to management of acute episodes and comorbidities. PCPs need to correctly recognize the various stages of gout in order to implement appropriate treatments to minimize the morbidity associated with this disease.  

How will these tools help?

This module will provide you with an approach to identify and treat patients with gout in your clinical practice, and tools and resources to help primary care practices implement a team-based, collaborative approach to helping patients with gout. Adoption of this approach will help to improve clinical outcomes and the quality of life of patients with this common, chronic condition.

Target Audience

This module is intended to be used by the following practice staff:

  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Registered Nurses
  • Medical Assistants
  • Practice Managers
Course summary
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Tuhina Neogi MD, PhD, FRCPC is a rheumatologist and epidemiologist with a research interest in osteoarthritis and gout, as well as outcome measures and classification criteria of rheumatic diseases. Dr. Neogi is working on development of the ACR quality measures for gout, and is a co-PI for an international collaborative effort to develop new gout classification criteria, which is being jointly supported by the ACR and the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR). Dr. Neogi is the author of this module.

This module was funded by an educational grant from the Arthritis Foundation.

This module was funded by an educational grant from the Arthritis Foundation.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 Attendance


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