October 30, 2013
Since gout isn’t something that is taught in medical school there’s a gap in knowledge among primary care physicians about the treatment of gout, according to Theodore Fields, MD, director, Rheumatology Faculty Practice Plan at the Hospital for Special Surgery and a professor of clinical medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.
“… there’s 8.3 million patients with gout out there and there’s not nearly enough rheumatologists to take care of them,” Fields says. “So most of the care of gout is going to be done by primary care.”
However even though there are key features of gout, there are “certain situations where you really can’t be sure,” he says.
Paul Wicks, PhD, discusses the surge in Internet-savvy patients at the 2014 Joint ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS Meeting in Boston.
Although the treatment options for patients with both the hepatitis C virus (HCV) and HIV are mostly the same, response rates can be lower, according to Richard Sterling, MD.
Uma Mahadevan, MD, co-medical director of clinical research at the UCSF Center for Colitis and Crohn’s disease, discusses how gastroenterologists should handle primary care and pregnancy issues in inflammatory bowel disease patients.