Gout apps

Gout is a long-term condition that can be easily managed with medicines to treat an acute flare and prevent recurrent gout attacks. On this page you will find information on:

  • App reviews: gout apps
  • Other apps you may find useful
  • Gout apps - help me choose?

App reviews: 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
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  • Reminders
  • Symptom tracking
  • Education and information 

 

Other apps you may find useful

Medication reminder apps: apps to help you keep track of medications - they can send you a reminder to give medicines, and you can record when you have given the dose.

Gout apps — how me 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.

Disclaimer: Health Navigator’s app library is a free consumer service to help you decide whether a health app would be suitable for you. Our review process is independent. We have no relationship with the app developers or companies and no responsibility for the service they provide. This means that if you have an issue with one of the apps we have reviewed, you will need to contact the app developer or company directly.

Last reviewed: 16 Sep 2018