Gout Management in Primary Health Care in Russian FederationAlexey Kalyagin* and Maria Karnakova
Department of Propaedeutics of Internal Diseases, Irkutsk State Medical University, Russian Federation
- *Corresponding Author:
- Alexey Kalyagin
Department of Propaedeutics of Internal Diseases
Irkutsk State Medical University, Russian Federation
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E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: June 06, 2016; Accepted date: June 29, 2016; Published date: July 06, 2016
Citation: Kalyagin A, Karnakova M (2016) Gout Management in Primary Health Care in Russian Federation. Primary Health Care 6:230. doi:10.4172/2167-1079.1000230
Copyright: © 2016 Kalyagin A, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Abstract Objective: The study is aimed at evaluating the level of knowledge of out-patient doctors about modern methods of gout diagnostics and treatment. Methods: The authors developed a questionnaire on gout diagnostics and treatment and carried out an anonymous survey of 50 primary care physicians and 21 rheumatologists. Results: The study revealed low awareness of gout among first contact doctors. Doctors of both specialties use modern methods of diagnostics and treatment insufficiently. Only 62% of rheumatologists and 6% of therapists use Wallace criteria for gout diagnostics. Although 90% of rheumatologists and 42% of therapists specified identification of monosodium urate crystals by the method of polarizing microscopy as a “gold standard” of gout diagnostics, most of doctors noted impossibility of using a polarizing microscope at their workplaces. Conclusion: It is necessary to take measures directed at increasing the knowledge of classification criteria and modern clinical recommendations about medical control of gout patients at the out-patient stage. It is advisable to pay special attention to studying the modern criteria of gout diagnostics and treatment at medical universities.