Rheumatologists improve hospital gout management

Gout management in hospitals is improved if rheumatologists are involved in diagnosis, treatment and follow-up, report Australian researchers.   

Their 58-person study shows patients are more likely to have serum urate measured and have the joint aspirated than if a rheumatologist is not involved.

“This is important as it highlights that rheumatology input helps to establish conclusively the diagnosis of acute gout through