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Gout Worsens Its Comorbidities: Page 2 of 2

Gout Worsens Its Comorbidities: Page 2 of 2

• Three groups cited new disease diagnosis on top of gout as a concern.

• Two groups named irreversible joint damage as a top concern.

• Four groups listed weight gain and inability to exercise as a problem.

• Three groups cited misdiagnosis of their gout as another problem.

The effects of gout or its treatment on daily life included the following:

• Six groups cited the negative effect of gout on daily life and activities, including the ability to work and social activities, as a concern.

• All 9 groups cited medication adverse effects as a problem.

• One group cited weight loss as a negative effect on quality of life.

• Three groups cited high cost as a concern.

There were no observable differences between men and women on the impact of gout on their lives.

Implications for physicians

• Complaints with regard to loss of self, loss of role identity, and lower quality of life dominate within the gout population.

• Although treatment of gout and its symptoms is important, physicians should not discount patients’ perceptions and the effect of gout on their comorbid conditions.

• Physicians should, as a routine, ask patients how gout affects their lives and validate their concerns.

• How physicians can change these comorbid interactions is unclear.



The Division of Rheumatology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham provided funding.


Singh JA. “Gout and comorbidity: a nominal group study of people with gout.” Arthritis Res Ther. 2017 Sep 15;19(1):204. doi: 10.1186/s13075-017-1416-1418.

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