Joints Aflame

Joints Aflame: Extinguishing the Pain of Gout in the Primary Care Setting

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Program Overview 

Shared clinical decision making in healthcare delivery is a concept being promoted by the AMA, AAFP, ACP, and specific health organizations such as ADA and EASD. This concept, long embraced in oncology, requires a well-informed provider who shares the most recent scientific and clinical evidence to support treatment decision options to individual patients. In turn, the patient provides honest information regarding their values, lifestyle, potential barriers, and preferences regarding the options. A decision regarding the realistic plan of action to achieve goals and objectives is the result. Evaluation metrics of success in shared decision-making provide the feedback for further informed and shared decisions.

All members of the healthcare team, including the patient, will require guidance and coaching as to their role and responsibilities if this concept is to be successful in chronic disease. Primary care providers will need to remain current as to evidence-based guidelines and the latest clinical management techniques as well as how to share such information with patients within the time limits of the office setting.  Simultaneously, patients will need to be capable of understanding the medical information as well as establish a comfort level in an honest collaborative relationship with providers. Learning what questions to ask, what barriers to identify, and how to accept the consequences of their decision are but a few of the learning needs of patients in the future healthcare environment.

This program will focus on how to incorporate a gout patient shared-decision tool in the primary care practice and provide examples of specific case scenarios.

Learning Objective

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

1.   Implement a shared decision-making process for gout treatment with patients in the office setting




This activity has expired and is no longer available for CME; however, we hope you still enjoy the education.