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Title: Concordance of gout management with European League against Rheumatism recommendations in hospital practice
Authors: Mercieca, Cecilia
Attard Cortis, Petramay
Coleiro, Bernard
Borg, Andrew A.
Keywords: Hospital care -- Malta -- Evaluation
Gout -- Malta
Gout -- Treatment
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Malta Medical Journal
Citation: Malta Medical Journal. 2010, Vol.22(2), p. 6-11
Abstract: Aim: To assess the concordance of gout management with the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) gout recommendations in hospital practice. Methods: This was a retrospective review of case notes of patients presenting to rheumatology outpatients between June and December 2009 under the care of 2 consultant rheumatologists. Data collected consisted of demographics, time lag to specialist referral, comorbidities, details about acute and recurrent attacks, lifestyle advice and use of urate lowering therapies. Documented management was assessed for concordance with the EULAR recommendations. Results: Thirty consecutive patients (27 males, 3 females) attending Rheumatology clinic at Mater Dei Hospital were recruited. Mean age at the time of survey was 59.4 ± 10.7 years, while mean age at diagnosis was 51.1 ± 14 years. Documentation of lifestyle advice was recorded for alcohol reduction (83%), weight loss (43%), diet (13%), and exercise (13%). Adequate control of comorbidities was attained in hyperlipidaemia (71%), diabetes mellitus (55%) and hypertension (30%). Advice about smoking cessation was given to 37%. Uric acid levels below target were achieved in 47%. The mean uric acid level at time of survey was 379 ± 146 μmol/l. This was significantly less than that at presentation (p=0.001). Conclusions: Current treatment of gout is poorly concordant with many of the EULAR recommendations. Documentation of lifestyle modifications advice is infrequent except for alcohol reduction. A significant number of patents on allopurinol still have hyperuricaemia implying that more aggressive management is required to improve standard of care. A proforma has been developed to make and help sustain the necessary improvements.
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