New Study Using Big Data Sheds Light on the Value of Specialist Care in the Treatment of Gout (Bio Space)

New Study Using Big Data Sheds Light on the Value of Specialist Care in the Treatment of Gout

A recent article published in ACR Open Rheumatology found that rheumatologist care was associated with better disease management for patients with advanced gout versus care from general practitioners. In fact, many patients not seen by a rheumatologist were not being cared for according to accepted guidelines.

“Gout is a common disease, but still one that is poorly treated. It is challenging for patients because it is a largely treatable condition in which poor outcomes can be avoided. Despite established treatment guidelines, these patients are often overlooked because they frequently have other conditions that become the focus of treatment. Moreover, gout patients are often stigmatized by lifestyle choices, such as diet indiscretion and alcohol consumption, and, as a result, can be left to manage their own condition,” said Dr. N. Lawrence Edwards, professor of medicine at the University of Florida.

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