Contempo Updates
Clinician's Corner
June 4, 2003


Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Division of Rheumatology and Immunology, Emory University School of Medicine (Drs Rott and Agudelo), and Division of Rheumatology, Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Dr Agudelo), Atlanta, Ga.


Contempo Updates Section Editor: Sarah Pressman Lovinger, MD, Fishbein Fellow.

JAMA. 2003;289(21):2857-2860. doi:10.1001/jama.289.21.2857

A study1 of the diagnosis and treatment of gout in England revealed that less than 10% of patients diagnosed as having gout were referred to rheumatologists, making it a disease most often treated by primary care physicians. The rates of gout reported in primary care practices varied enormously, as did treatment of patients diagnosed as having this condition. Despite centuries of study of gout and the availability of effective treatment for most patients, the proper diagnosis and treatment of gout are still problematic.

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