Publications on the Management of Gout

New evidence-based publications from AHRQ’s Effective Health Care Program can help clinicians and patients make informed decisions about managing gout, a common form of arthritis that results from excessive uric acid in the blood causing severe pain, swelling, redness, and joint stiffness.

Diagnosis and Management of Gout: Current State of the Evidence, a publication for clinicians, summarizes findings of two AHRQ-funded systematic reviews that examined the evidence about the accuracy and safety of diagnostic tests and effectiveness of treatments for patients with acute gout attacks. The clinician publication cites a strong body of evidence supporting the effectiveness of several treatments and therapies for gout but emphasizes the importance of clinicians and patients working together to decide which approach might be best.

Also available are a continuing education module based on the evidence review, as well as a plain-language consumer publication, Managing Gout—A Review of the Research for Adults.

Call (800) 358-9295 or email AHRQ's Publication Clearinghouse ( for printed versions of the patient publications.

Page last reviewed February 2017
Page originally created February 2016
Internet Citation: Publications on the Management of Gout. Content last reviewed February 2017. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.