In New Zealand, the majority of people with gout have higher than optimal serum urate levels. A primary reason for this is a lack of understanding of what gout is and of the need for ongoing treatment. Effective communication and educating patients about their condition improves their long-term outcomes. We interviewed Leanne Te Karu, a Pharmacist Prescriber from Taupo with a special interest in managing patients with gout, about why she thinks the message is not getting through. We discuss her approach to helping increase people’s knowledge of gout, and include simple strategies to improve communication, enhance understanding and improve the health and quality of life of people with gout.
For updated recommendations on the management of gout in primary care, see: "Managing gout in primary care. Part 1 – Talking about gout: time for a re-think"