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Gout Central app
Gout Central app
- An app for people with gout who want to learn more about the condition and understand how to control your symptoms.
- Currently there are no gout apps that Healthify strongly recommends. A review evaluating gout apps identified the following shortfalls of gout apps currently available in app stores. Read more about gout apps.
This app provides you with information about gout, such as the causes, gout flare triggers, treatment options, lifestyle tips for preventing gout flares and how to protect your kidneys. The app also has tools to track various measures such as serum uric acid and gout flares, and has logs to document your medications, supplements and questions for your healthcare provider.
However, the app is not able to use mmol/L as the uric acid units, and some of the trackers and features are incomplete. For a more detailed description of the app, see iTunes(external link) and, for a detailed review, see reviews below.
✔ Medicine tracker (but see cons).
✘ At the time of review, the app hadn’t been updated for 2.5 years.
Reviewer: Jeremy Steinberg, GP, FRNZCGP
Date of review: June 2020
Comments: Users should give this app a miss mainly due to the inability to use mmol/L as the uric acid units, and the incomplete trackers and other features. An ideal gout app would have an allopurinol titration calendar, and customisable gout flare action plan, which this lacks.
Safety concerns: There is no information about stopping allopurinol if the user develops a rash.
New Zealand relevance: The app uses mg/dL instead of mmol/L for uric acid units.
Reviewer: Rebecca Grainger, Rheumatologist, University of Otago and Hutt Valley DHB
Date of review: August 2016
Comments: This app is most useful for people wanting to know more about gout, identify factors that affect their gout and monitor their treatment. Using this app may help someone learn more about the disease, track their symptoms, management and serum uric acid.
Safety concerns: None
New Zealand relevance: American units of measurement may be confusing to the New Zealand user, eg, serum uric acid tracker in mg/dL (units used in the US) – in New Zealand serum uric acid is measured in mmol/L. Since the app is Americanised, some medications mentioned in the treatment options are not available in New Zealand, such as pegloticase.
This app has been reviewed by other independent websites:
Managing gout(external link) iMedicalApps
The following references relate to articles about apps for self-management of gout:
- Serlachius A, Schache K, et al. Association between user engagement of a mobile health app for gout and improvements in self-care behaviors: randomized controlled trial(external link) JMIR Mhealth, Uhealth. 2019; 7(8): e15021.
- Nguyen AD, Baysari MT, Kannangara DRW, et al. Mobile applications to enhance self-management of gout(external link) International Journal of Medical Informatics. October; 94: 67-74.
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