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Gout is NOT an acute disorder which affects males over 40 who consume too much alcohol and "fast" food.

Welcome to the Gout Institute, a free resource for doctors and all health care professionals. We provide health care professionals in Canada with a quick and easy way of obtaining Mainpro CME and other credits from the comfort of their own home or office. By utilizing cutting-edge technology and delivery, health care professionals can easily acquire the CME credits they need on their own time and at their own convenience.

Through the tools available at the Gout Institute, health care professionals no longer have to attend medical conferences or live education events to earn their CME credits. Our virtual resources are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Pharmacist credits, as well as a Royal College credit, will be offered later in 2011, helping the Gout Institute expand its reach and become the number one resource to help health care professionals continue their medical education.

What is gout?

Gout is a chronic, progressive disorder caused by a reduced clearance or overproduction of uric acid. A serum uric acid (sUA) level that is persistently above 360 μmol/L can cause saturation of the plasma and the development of hyperuricemia. This can lead to the formation of monosodium urate (MSU) crystals, which can then be deposited in and around joints and other soft tissues.

Gout must be managed as a metabolic condition, and is characterized by acute, severely painful attacks or flares, on the backbone of an underlying chronic metabolic defect. Triggers of gout flares include direct trauma to a joint, excess alcohol, dietary excess and the initiation of urate lowering therapy.

Both gout and hyperuricemia are associated with multiple comorbidities as well as cardiovascular & metabolic conditions, including impaired renal function, metabolic syndrome (obesity, insulin resistance), diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, heart failure and hypertension.

The first gout flare often occurs in the first metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint, or the big toe; these cases are known as podagra. It then progresses to other joints, including the hands. Chronic gout management should focus on lowering serum uric acid (sUA) levels, which will help reduce acute flares, as well as cardiovascular and metabolic risks.

CME Credits at Your Convenience

The primary goal of the Gout Institute is to provide health care professionals in Canada with an easy method to obtain their required CME credits. We do this by offering the highest quality Continuing Medical Education software and technology, available for free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Once earned, Mainpro and other CME credits can either be printed off one by one or temporarily stored in your online briefcase.

The Gout Institute features a wide range of tools designed to educate healthcare professionals about gout and to help family physicians and other health care professionals with acquiring CME credits, in an easy to use and highly informative manner:

  • The Lecture Hall: Here you'll find gout education programs and medical resources to help you with the counsel and management of patients with elevated sUA levels and gout.
  • The Corridor Consult: An opportunity to meet with health care experts with a spectrum of different expertise.
  • The Medical Resource Library: Tips, counseling tools and published clinical data on hyperuricemia and gout.

Videos, slides, & downloadable material featuring additional information on the subject of hyperuricemia and gout are available throughout our site. We have all the resources doctors need for gaining the Mainpro CME credits they require.

The Gout Institute is proud to help health care professionals everywhere with such a vital and important step in their careers. Get started today and experience the future of continuing medical education!

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Are you a specialist or family physician that is interested in conducting clinical research studies about gout? Specialists like you work with patients and sponsors to develop future therapies to overcome gout. Clinical trials move treatment options from research to practice. One of the difficult part of clinical trials is the recruitment aspect! Ie. actually finding patients to participate in clinical trials. Clinical trial recruitment using the internet is one of the best ways to recruit patients. It uses new technologies for patient recruitment instead of the traditional advertising methods.

While the modules within The Gout Institute do not deal with diabetes mellitus, are gout and diabetes mellitus correlated? About 10% of patients with gout will have diabetes. Does the answer surprise you? One study by Dr. F. Whitehouse and Dr. W. Cleary Jr. found that in diabetics with gout, 83% had insulin-independent diabetes. Endocrinologists need not worry too much about gout in their diabetic patients, as the development of gout in this population is infrequent.