Fixing the Gout Knowledge Gap
Oct 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.