Diagnosis and Management of Gout: Current State of the Evidence - Clinician Summary | AHRQ Effective Health Care Program
New evidence-based publications from AHRQ can help clinicians and patients make informed decisions about managing gout, a common form of arthritis that results from excessive uric acid in the blood and causes severe pain, swelling, redness and joint stiffness. Diagnosis and Management of Gout: Current State of the Evidence is a publication for clinicians that summarizes findings of two AHRQ-funded systematic reviews that examined the evidence about the accuracy and safety of diagnostic tests and the effectiveness of treatments for patients with acute gout attacks. The clinician publication cites a strong body of evidence supporting the effectiveness of several treatments and therapies for gout, but emphasizes the importance of clinicians and patients working together to decide which approach might be best. Also available is a continuing education module based on the evidence review, as well as a plain-language publication for patients, Managing Gout – A Review of the Research for Adults. Call (800) 358-9295 or email AHRQPubs@ahrq.hhs.gov for printed copies of the patient publication.