A primary care perspective on gout

Eva Rimler, Jennifer Lom, Jason Higdon, Dominique Cosco, Danielle Jones

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Gout causes patients’ significant morbidity, work-related disability, loss of productivity, increased health care costs, and even all-cause hospital admissions. As a result, primary care providers must be armed with the knowledge to properly diagnose and manage gout. While many aspects of care remain the same, some key updates that primary care providers must consider when treating their patients with gout will be discussed. In this perspective we will highlight and discuss acceptable circumstances for empiric treatment, renewed emphasis on treat to target, access to commonly used medications, recommended first line agents, and the role of primary care physicians in gout flare prevention among other topics. These strategies will aid primary care physicians treat all but the most complex cases of gout.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-34
Number of pages8
JournalOpen Urology and Nephrology Journal
Issue numberSuppl 1: M5
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Acute gout flare
  • Gout
  • Primary care provider
  • Urate lowering therapy
  • Xanthine oxidase inhibitors


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