Guidance aims to improve gout treatment
A new guide to treating patients with gout will be given to health professionals.
Around 300,000 people in the UK suffer from gout, which is the most common type of inflammatory arthritis.
But the British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) claims the condition is often not taken seriously by people, including some doctors and nurses, due to images of people developing gout from overindulging in food and alcohol.
The BSR has joined forces with the Primary Care Rheumatology Society (PCRS) and the primary care and health sciences faculty at Keele University to write new guidance, which aims to improve the way they treat patients with the condition.
They have produced a one-page laminated sheet detailing best practice guidelines which they hope medical staff will keep on hand at their practices to refer to when they come across patients with gout.
BSR president Dr Chris Deighton said he hoped the guide would see the treatment of gout improve, which would help both individual sufferers and the wider economy.