In this section you can find out about the experience of gout by seeing and hearing people share their personal stories on film. Gout is an intensely painful form of arthritis that can affect both men and women. People commonly think that it is self-inflicted and caused by eating rich foods or drinking too much alcohol. For most people gout is caused by their genetic makeup, their health conditions, or the tablets they take, although diet can play a part in making attacks of gout more likely. Gout can be treated with various medications.


Researchers travelled around the UK to talk to 43 people with gout. Find out what people said about issues such as pain, treatment, work and leisure. We hope you find the information helpful.

This section is based on research by The University of Oxford.

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The ‘Understanding and improving patient experience of gout in primary care’ study was funded by the National Institute for Health Research School for Primary Care Research (NIHR SPCR).

Publication date: May 2014
Last updated: December 2016
Review date: December 2018

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