Beyond unreasonable gout

Contributor
He Ako Hiringa
26 October 2021
Bulletin #8

Team gout

Usual gout care is variable, and different management approaches are needed, particularly for Māori and Pacific peoples.1,2

To help further reduce gout harm, healthcare providers can:

  • SCOUT. Aged 20 to 40, joint pain? Think gout.
  • ENQUIRE. Where appropriate, question and/or review recurrent NSAID-only treatment for gout.
  • SHAPE. Explore beliefs about causes and treatments. Talk genetics.
  • IDENTIFY, ACT. Prescribers – preventive medicine early and regularly is essential. Pharmacists – look for patterns of irregular dispensing.
  • REFLECT. How is your communication helping people see a better future?

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References

1. BPACnz. Managing gout in primary care. August 2021. https://bpac.org.nz/2021/docs/gout2021.pdf

2. Andrews S, Gasparini J, Henderson G. Evaluation of Gout Stop and Owning My Gout management programmes. A final report for Arthritis New Zealand and its partners. 2020. tinyurl.com/goutprog

3. Health Quality & Safety Commission New Zealand. Atlas of Healthcare Variation: Gout. Updated 2021. tinyurl.com/HQSCgout