How is gout managed in primary care? A review of current practice and proposed guidelines

Clin Rheumatol. 2000;19(1):21-5. doi: 10.1007/s100670050005.


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.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Allopurinol / therapeutic use
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal / therapeutic use
  • Female
  • Gout / diagnosis
  • Gout / therapy*
  • Gout Suppressants / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medical Audit
  • Middle Aged
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Primary Health Care / methods*


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal
  • Gout Suppressants
  • Allopurinol