To help raise awareness about the severity of gout and encourage proper diagnosis and treatment, the Gout & Uric Acid Education Society (GUAES) has teamed up with nationally published cartoonist, Shaun Boland, to introduce a series of educational cartoons.
“Gout arthritis in itself is no laughing matter. It is extremely painful and can even be debilitating, yet our research has shown that just one in five Americans thinks of gout as a ‘serious’ condition,” said N. Lawrence Edwards, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, University of Florida, and Chairman and CEO of GUAES. “We hope that by taking this light-hearted approach, we can really raise awareness about gout arthritis and make a difference in how it is perceived by the public.”
To manage gout arthritis, GUAES encourages sufferers to work closely with their physicians to develop a treatment plan that involves a combination of the right medications with healthy diet and lifestyle changes. While gout can be better managed with these steps, unfortunately just 10 percent of gout sufferers are getting the ongoing treatment that they need.
“While there is a great need to alter the perception of gout among the general public, there is an even greater need to educate gout sufferers, themselves, about the importance of regular care – even when they’re not experiencing a gout attack,” added Dr. Edwards. “We hope that these cartoons will encourage more sufferers to take the critical steps of connecting with their doctors; getting their uric acid levels checked regularly; and getting the treatment they need to minimize the risk of future bouts of gout arthritis.”
Seven gout education cartoons were created to reinforce messages about pain and the need for treatment, dietary triggers and the long history of the disease that now needs greater attention. The cartoons are available through the GUAES website (gouteducation.org), and through the organization’s Facebook (Gout Education) and Twitter (@GoutEducation) pages. Medical professionals and gout sufferers are encouraged to share the cartoons through their own social media efforts to help raise awareness about the growing incidence of this disease and Take a Stand on Gout.
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About the Gout & Uric Acid Education Society
Formed in September 2005, the Gout & Uric Acid Education Society (GUAES) is a nonprofit organization of health care professionals dedicated to educating the public and health care community about gout arthritis, and the related health care consequences of hyperuricemia. With the aim of improving the quality of care and minimizing the burden of gout, GUAES offers complimentary resources for both the public and medical professionals at gouteducation.org. Follow @GoutEducation on Twitter and “like” Gout Education on Facebook.