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Patients prefer gout treatment from nurse to GP

Most patients treated by nurses for gout were more satisfied, had greater knowledge, stuck to their medication and had fewer flares than those treated by a GP, researchers say
Picture shows a foot affected by gout. Most patients treated by nurses for gout were more satisfied, had greater knowledge, stuck to their medication and had fewer flares than those treated by a GP.

Most patients treated by nurses for gout were more satisfied, had greater knowledge, stuck to their medication and had fewer gout flares than those treated by a GP, researchers say

Nurse-led care for gout is more accepted by patients, improves long-term adherence and reduces gout flares, according to the findings of a two-year trial on its effectiveness and cost compared with GP-led care.

Gout is a common inflammatory arthritis that affects 2.5% of the UK population. Treatment is with urate-lowering drugs but is often sub-optimal, as is patient adherence.

This study investigated patient satisfaction, medication adherence, gout knowledge and gout flares among participants who had received nurse-led or GP-led care of gout. A

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