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Introduction and module overview

Gout is a form of arthritis in which urate crystals form in and around the joints, most commonly the big toes, knees, ankles and fingers, causing sudden bouts of severe pain, swelling and heat. 

Guidance from NICE puts the incidence of gout in the UK at between 2-3 per cent, with men affected more than women. Management usually takes place in primary care, both trying to combat symptoms in the acute stage and using medication to prevent further flare-ups. With only a third of gout sufferers in this latter category – and only a third of these using such measures effectively – there is much pharmacists can do to support this patient group. 

The structure of this CPD module is as follows:

  1. Pre-consultation: Covers potential concerns a patient with gout may have and a reminder of key treatments
  2. Starting the consultation: Includes exploration of the patient’s existing knowledge
  3. Questions to ask during the consultation: Incorporates tips you can provide to the patient
  4. Ending the consultation: Features useful prompts to check the patient’s understanding and signposting for related resources.