Research and new developments for gout
Ongoing research is greatly increasing our understanding of what triggers gout and how new therapies may be developed to treat it. A preliminary study funded by Arthritis Research UK confirmed that the majority of people with gout could be greatly helped and their quality of life improved by providing full information on gout and involving patients in decisions concerning their treatment package.
This includes urate-lowering drugs, together with dietary and weight loss advice, rather than simply treating the symptoms of acute attacks. This has led to an ongoing full-scale clinical trial in general practice to find out the most effective package of treatment for people with gout.