A survey of the management of gout in primary care

Ir Med J. 2008 May;101(5):147-9.


There is no information available regarding current practice and standards in management of gout in Irish general practice. This study aims to assess current practice in the context of the 2006 EULAR evidence based recommendations for diagnosis and management of gout. A 20 point questionnaire was circulated to all 170 general practitioners in the North Dublin GP Partnership assessing frequency of diagnostic and therapeutic interventions undertaken. 91% of practitioners manage gout exclusively in primary care. 89% make a diagnosis on clinical grounds and 77% routinely measure serum urate. Diagnostic joint aspiration is rarely performed (3%). 86% routinely assess and manage risk factors for gout. 66% initiate urate-lowering therapy. Only 32% routinely monitor urate levels in patients receiving urate-lowering therapy. Thus, although management of gout in primary care in Ireland is generally in line with the EULAR recommendations some aspects of care remain suboptimal.

MeSH terms

  • Gout / diagnosis
  • Gout / drug therapy*
  • Gout / epidemiology
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Humans
  • Ireland / epidemiology
  • Physicians, Family
  • Prevalence
  • Primary Health Care*
  • Risk Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Uric Acid / blood


  • Uric Acid