GPs failing gout patients

FEWER than a quarter of gout patients treated in primary care achieve target serum urate concentrations, Australian researchers have found.

Five-year data from almost 1.5 million primary care patient records shows 57% of those diagnosed with gout were prescribed allopurinol, with just over half having their serum urate tested over the period.

Just 22% of gout sufferers achieved the target serum urate concentration of less than 0.36 mmol/l at any time during the study period.

Overall prevalence of the condition in primary care was 1.54%, and was about five times higher for men