16 Jan Gout: Rising Prevalence and Incidence
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Weiya Zhang, BPH, MEpi, PhD
Associate Professor & Reader
Division of Rheumatology, Orthopaedics and Dermatology
The University of Nottingham
Clinical Sciences Building City Hospital
Nottingham NG5 1PB
MedicalResearch.com: What are the main findings of the study?
Dr. Zhang: We found the prevalence and incidence of gout keep rising from 1997 to 2012, but the management (percentage of patients treated with the recommended effective drugs) remains poor.
MedicalResearch.com: Were any of the findings unexpected?
Dr. Zhang: it is unexpected that the management of gout remains constantly poor (only a third receive proper treatment) irrespective of all national and international treatment guidelines published in the past decade.
MedicalResearch.com: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?
Dr. Zhang: Gout is the prevalent condition affecting 1 in 40 people in the UK population. The prevalence increased rapidly (4% per year) from 1997 to 2012. It is one of a few medical conditions which have effective treatment, but unfortunately it has been poorly managed.
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Dr. Zhang: Research in the identification of the factors related to the poor management of gout and how to improve it would be very useful.