Better Communications with Patients May Improve Care
The prevalence of gout may be increasing. Despite availability of effective treatments, not all patients with gout receive adequate advice and treatment.
Let’s Speak Gout includes insights from patients and doctors from new research that studied patient discussions about gout and doctors’ reactions to them, as well as doctor discussions about gout and patients’ reactions to them. The program resources also reflect insights from proprietary Arthritis Foundation and Takeda research and select published scientific literature on this topic over the last few years. The collective insights identified the different ways that doctors and patients think, act and talk about gout. These learnings were used to develop new tools to help enhance the effectiveness of conversations between doctors and patients with gout.
Let’s Speak Gout Research Findings
Let’s Speak Gout findings for more effective doctor/patient discussions about gout include:
- Doctors and patients do not currently share the same definitions for effective gout treatment. They need to establish common goals for number of attacks and for uric acid level, then regularly screen and track progress towards those goals.
- Patients and doctors overemphasize the dietary component of gout and often overlook the larger genetic component, leaving patients feeling guilty and potentially less honest in discussions with their doctors.
- Patients and doctors focus on treating the short-term pain of gout attacks, and don’t always address the long-term consequences and potential damage of untreated gout.
- There are specific ways to shift the tone and content of doctor/patient discussions about gout to yield more effective interactions and potentially better patient outcomes.
View and download the Let’s Speak Gout physician tool that provides research insights about barriers and opportunities to potentially improve doctor/patient conversations, tips to optimize communications with patients with gout and quick gout facts that may help with patient education.