Participate in Research - General Practitioners

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GPs needed: Can you help recruit gout patients?

We are looking for general practitioners who treat gout patients.

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?

The study aims to compare outcomes following an electronic health (eHealth) intervention designed to improve adherence to urate-lowering therapy (ULT) versus standard of care for patients diagnosed with gout. We hypothesise that using an eHealth intervention that provides personalised feedback and reminders to gout patients will improve their adherence to ULT. This would significantly increase the proportion of patients reaching a target plasma urate ≤ 0.36 mmol/L compared to those receiving standard care due to improved and focused communication between you and your gout patients.

Who is eligible to participate?

We are looking for GPs who:

·      Are based in Sydney

·      Use electronic patient records and prescribing systems

·      Have seen gout patients within the past year

What is involved?

If you decide to take part in the research study, you will be asked to help recruit your gout patients to the study. You will be asked to provide researchers access to your software so they can search and extract patient lists, minimising the burden on you. This process can be done with a practice nurse.

The eHealth tool is designed to improve your patients’ gout management by:

·      Tracking serum urate on a colour coded graph

·      Reminding them to take their gout medication

·      Reminding them to see you and have blood tests

·      Educating them about their disease and how they can better treat it.

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.

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

Register your interest

To register your interest in the study, or for more information, please email Dr Amy Nguyen:  amy.nguyen@unsw.edu.au.