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May 22 is Gout Awareness Day in the United States. For the past few months, we have been working on a comprehensive survey of 1,000 patients with gout and 500 caregivers of people with the disease. Why? To better understand experiences with the disease and to uncover insights that could spark enlightened dialogue and promote education, awareness and empowerment in our community.
What did we find? In short, gout is out of control.
“It’s startling that so many of the patients and caregivers surveyed have resigned themselves to the impacts of gout,” said Theodore Fields, M.D., Hospital for Special Surgery, New York and CreakyJoints Adviser.
The survey findings paint a portrait of a disease that is out of control. For example, patients surveyed experience an average of eight painful gout attacks per year, with more than half these patients reporting attacks that lasted three or more days. Three-quarters of patients surveyed indicated gout hinders their ability to walk, climb stairs, or sleep, causing a rippling effect not only on patients’ lives, but also on the lives of their caregivers and families.
The study revealed that people are greatly impacted by gout. Click here to view the full news release.
In addition to the impact on patients, caregivers are also affected by loved ones with this condition.
These are just a few of the survey’s findings. There is clearly more work to be done to ensure our communities have the correct information about gout and that people feel encouraged to be open, honest and seek the help they need. The more comprehensive our understanding of the facts about gout, the more helpful changes we can continue to make to get this disease under control. And CreakyJoints is here to support and guide you.
Dr. Fields specializes in gout, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS). Click here to learn more about Dr. Fields.
If you would like read more about gout, click here for a great overview provided by the Hospital for Special Surgery.
Click here to view all of our resources for Gout.