Gout: A Lesser Known Type of Arthritis

This instructional course has been designed to provide relevant information to healthcare clinicians regarding gout. Patients with gout may present in any healthcare setting. The nurse may be involved in obtaining a medical history, performing diagnostic procedures, providing patient education and/or medication administration to treat the disease. All clinicians involved in caring for patients receiving uric acid-lowering medications need a working knowledge of the diagnosis for which they are given, side effects of the drugs, appropriate interventions, and the psychological implications of having this disease and the treatments used to control it.

Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Explain the role of uric acid in gout.
  2. Describe the 4 stages of gout.
  3. Discuss treatments for gout, including lifestyle modifications, medications used for
    acute attack symptom relief, and uric acid-lowering drugs.

Curriculum

Chapter 1: Introduction

  • Definition
  • Scope of the Issue
  • Risk Factors
  • Comorbidities

Chapter 2: Description of the Disease

  • Stages of the Disease
  • Symptoms

Chapter 3: Diagnosis

Chapter 4: Treatment

  • Colchicine
  • NSAIDs
  • Corticosteroids
  • Uric Acid Lowering Therapy
    • Allopurinol
    • Febuxostat
    • Probenecid
    • Lesinurad
    • Pegloticase

Chapter 5: References

  • California Bill 241
  • Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • What is Implicit Bias?
  • Implications of Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • How to Reduce Implicit Bias

Price: $10.00

Contact Hour: 1

Course Author

Pamela Clark

Pamela Clark, CRNI, is an infusion nurse with the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. She has more than 35 years of experience in infusion therapy and infusion education with both licensed nurses and patients. Her experience spans multiple infusion settings including: acute care, long-term care, home infusion, and ambulatory infusion care. She also has experience in oncology and oncology research.

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