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Gout: Tips on diagnosis, treatment, and patient education

Montgomery, Mariann RN, MSN, CNE

doi: 10.1097/

Gout is a term used to describe a group of conditions related to various defects in purine metabolism. Its prevalence and impact increased over the last few decades, with nearly 5 million people currently afflicted in the United States. The management of the intercritical and chronic phases of gout includes teaching self-care measures to decrease the risk of attacks and avoid long-term complications.

Mariann Montgomery is an assistant professor of nursing, Kent State University, Tuscarawas Campus, New Philadelphia, Ohio, and a doctoral student at West Virginia University School of Nursing, Morgantown, W. Va.

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