Gout apps

Currently there are no gout apps that we give a strong recommendation. A review evaluating gout apps identified the following shortfalls of gout apps currently available in app stores — Google play and iTunes (Kieser, et al 2018)1:

  • apps lack the ability to track health parameters specific to gout
  • some apps have incorrect and misleading information
  • limited accessibility – only available on a single platform; some apps had a annual fee, etc
  • apps are infrequently updated.
App name
Features
Clinical review
Gout central app icon
  • Reminders
  • Symptom tracking
  • Education and information 

 

Gout apps — how to choose?

A study investigating mobile applications to enhance self-management of gout identified the following patient-focused criteria to be desirable in apps that promote self-management of gout.2

  • Take urate-lowering therapy to reach and maintain serum uric acid below a target concentration to prevent crystal formation and to promote crystal dissolution.
  • Take colchicine or NSAIDs during first months of urate-lowering therapy as prophylaxis against acute attacks.
  • Monitor and track serum uric acid regularly during upward titration of urate-lowering therapy and after target is reached.
  • Record number and severity of acute attacks.
  • Treat associated comorbidities and risk factors of gout such as hyperlipidemia, hypertension, hyperglycaemia, obesity and risk factors such as alcohol intake, purine intake and fructose intake. 
  • Follow non-pharmacological advice such as lifestyle advice regarding weight loss of overweight, diet (limit purine-rich food, reduce alcohol {especially beer}).   

References

  1. Kieser A, Dalbeth N, Serlachius A. Keeping Up with the Applications: Lessons Learned Evaluating Gout Apps. Telemed J E Health. 2018 Jul 3
  2. Nguyen AD, Baysari MT, Kannangara DR, et al. Mobile applications to enhance self-management of gout. Int J Med Inform. 2016 Oct;94:67-74.
Last reviewed: 16 Sep 2018