Participate in Research - Gout Patients

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Gout patients needed: Can an app help improve your outcomes?

We are looking for gout patients for a study that aims to improve outcomes via using a mobile phone app.

Introduction

Each year, the Department of Clinical Pharmacology at UNSW performs a number of projects involving participants. We are interested in testing the efficacy of a smart phone app in helping improve outcomes for gout sufferers.

What is the aim of the study?

This study aims to learn more about the use of an electronic health (eHealth) tool in managing chronic gout. We propose that using an eHealth tool that provides you with reminders to take your gout medication, see your GP and have blood tests, as well as access to high-quality education about gout and its treatment, will improve your gout symptoms.

Who is eligible to participate?

We are looking for people who are:

·      Aged over 18 years, living in Sydney;

·      Have a diagnosis of gout and have experienced at least two gout attacks in the last year;

·      Have a smartphone or tablet device and access to the Internet

What is involved?

If you decide to take part in the study, you will be asked for one year to either continue with your current gout treatment (control) or use an eHealth tool that is designed to improve your gout management (intervention) by:

·      Tracking your serum urate on a colour coded graph

·      Reminding you to take your gout medication

·      Reminding you to see your GP and have blood tests

·      Educating you about your disease and how you can better treat it.

You will be asked to use this eHealth tool to enter data and record gout attacks, as well as use its resources to familiarise yourself with your condition.

Additionally, we may interview you regarding your experiences with your gout treatment and/or using the eHealth tool at the end of the study. This will take approximately 30 minutes and involve answering questions related to your experiences during the study.

If you are randomised to the control group, you will be asked to proceed with your current gout treatment as usual.

In either group, you will be required to, at least every six months, attend your GP for routine medical examination of your gout and the pathology service for measurement of serum factors.

Aside from giving up your time, we do not expect that there will be any risks or costs associated with taking part in this study.

Before you begin any activities we need to do some tests to understand whether it is ok for you to take part. In order to do this we will ask you to complete the following tests. The screening and/or baseline tests will involve the following activities:

·      Collecting your demographic and medical examination data, and medical history of gout

·      Measuring your plasma uric acid concentration

On completion of the study, you will receive a gift card to acknowledge your valuable contribution to scientific research.

Register you interest

To register your interest in the study, or for more information, please email Dr Eindra Aung: eindra.aung@unsw.edu.au.