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.
|Gout Central||By National Kidney Foundation|
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What does the app do?
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.
|✔ Medicine tracker (but see cons).
✔ Weight, GFR, ACR, blood pressure, and flare trackers with graphing (but see cons).
✔ Medicine reminders (but see cons).
|✘ At the time of review, the app hadn’t been updated for 2.5 years.
✘ The uric acid units are in mg/dl. In New Zealand we use mmol/L.
✘ Many of the tools are incomplete, eg:
o When entering variables such as weight, blood pressure, GFR and ACR, you can only enter the results for the current day.
o In the medicine tracker, you can’t save medicines but have to manually enter them each time.
o The medicine alert section only allows for 2 medicines.
o The gout tracker doesn’t allow you to save custom fields for symptoms, triggers and treatments. t also uses a non-standard 0–-5 pain rating score rather than the standard 0–10.
✘ The doctor appointment calendar doesn’t integrate with your phone’s calendar.
✘ The external resources are all North American.
✘ The information section needs editing and reviewing. It has too much information on some topics such as kidney disease, uric acid metabolism and uncommonly used drugs. Meanwhile there is too little information about some important topics like how allopurinol is titrated and footwear. There are also no images or videos.
✘ No calendar for allopurinol titration.
✘ No gout flare action plan.
- June 2020: Version 1.3, Android (has been renamed Gout Central)
- August 2016: Version 1.01, Android (was called Managing Gout)
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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