An app aimed at people with gout who want to learn more about the disease and understand how to control their symptoms.
By National Kidney Foundation
- Symptom tracking
- Education and Information
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|| Does the app:
- collect medical information? Yes
- require a login? No
- have password protection? No
- require internet access? No
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What does the app do?
This app provides users 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, gout flares, etc and has logs to document your medications, supplements and questions for your healthcare provider. However, the app is not inable 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 Google Play or iTunes 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 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 for example:
o When entering variables such as weight, blood pressure, GFR, and ACR, the user can only enter the results for the current day.
o In the medicine tracker the user can’t save medicines, they have to manually enter them in each time.
o The medicine alert section only allows for two medicines.
o The gout tracker doesn’t allow the user to save custom fields for symptoms, triggers, and treatments. It also uses a non-standard 0-5 pain rating score rather than 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 review. 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 imedicalapps.com
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
- Nguyen AD, Baysari MT, Kannangara DRW, et al. Mobile applications to enhance self-management of gout (in publication)
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In-depth reviews of the Gout Central app.
Reviewer: Jeremy Steinberg, GP, RNZCGP
Date of review: June 2020
Comments: Users should give this app a miss mainly due to the inability to use mmol/L as the uric acid units, and the incomplete trackers and other features. An ideal gout app would have an allopurinol titration calendar, and customisable gout flare action plan which this lacks.
Safety concerns: There is no information about stopping allopurinol if the user develops a rash.
New Zealand relevance: The app uses mg/dL instead of mmol/L for uric acid units.
Reviewer: Rebecca Grainger, Rheumatologist, University of Otago and Hutt Valley DHB
Date of review: August 2016
Comments: This app is most useful for people wanting to know more about gout, identify factors that affect their gout and monitor their treatment. Using this app may help someone learn more about the disease, track their symptoms, management and serum uric acid.
Safety concerns: None
New Zealand relevance: American units of measurement which may be confusing to the New Zealand user, for example serum uric acid tracker in mg/dL (units used in the US) - in NZ serum uric acid is measured in mmol/L. Since the app is Americanized, some medications mentioned in the treatment options are not available in New Zealand such as pegloticase.