Information for Doctors

1. What is this study about?

The study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of use of a personal, self-management, ‘smartphone’ application (app) to achieve target serum urate concentrations in people with gout. We will compare the effectiveness of two versions of the app in improving adherence to urate lowering therapy and subsequently achieving a target plasma urate ≤ 0.36 mmol/L in participating patients.

2. Who is eligible to participate?

GPs who:

  • Are based in Australia;
  • Have seen gout patients within the past year.

3. What is involved?

The GPs participating in the study are requested to complete and return a consent form and to help recruit their gout patients into the study (ideally around 3 patients). Once a patient has been recruited, the GPs are asked to see the patient for routine gout check-ups and pathology services for blood tests at their enrolment and then at the 6- and 12-month time points.

We do not expect that there will be any risks or costs associated with taking part in this study.

Participating GP practices will a gift card ($300) to acknowledge their valuable contribution to the research.

4. Professional Development Activity

This study is also part of an optional professional development activity for the 2017-2019 triennium, which has been approved by both the RACGP QI&CPD Program for a total of 40 category 1 points and the ACRRM’s PDP for 30 PRPD points.

For more information click here.

5. How do I participate?

Recruitment for the UNSW Gout App (GAPP) Study has now closed.

For your information, you can download a copy of the GP consent form here.

If you want any further information concerning this project or if you have any problems, which may be related to your involvement in the project, you can use the following details to contact our research team:

Name Dr Matthew Coleshill
Position Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Telephone 1800 931 544
Email med.gout.app@unsw.edu.au