Information for Patients

1. What is this study about?

This study aims to determine the effectiveness of an eHealth tool (a mobile app) designed for people with gout.

2. Who is eligible to participate?

People diagnosed with gout who:

  • Are aged over 18 years;
  • Currently reside in Australia;
  • Have experienced one or more gout attacks in the past 12 months;
  • Have a smartphone or tablet device and access to the internet; and
  • Are receiving or eligible to receive gout medication from their GP to prevent attacks.

3. What does study participation involve?

Participants taking part in the research, receive one of two versions of a mobile app, designed for patients with gout. You are asked to:

  • Use the mobile app for one year, recording gout attacks using this tool;
  • Attend their GP for routine gout check-ups and the pathology service for blood tests (uric acid and creatinine) at the start, at 6 months, and 12 months;
  • Complete 3 surveys about them and their gout.

4. What are the possible benefits to the study participation?

We hope to use information we get from this research study to help improve future eHealth tools for a variety of medical conditions (including gout).

Additionally, participants are reimbursed for your time with a $30 gift voucher, after completing both a blood test and the survey at each time point of the study; the start, 6 months and 12 months. If they complete the study in its entirety, they receive a total of three $30 gift vouchers ($90 worth of value).

5. How and when will I find out what the results of the research study are?

The research team intend to publish and report the results of the research study in a variety of ways. All information published will be done in a way that will not identify the study participants.

If you would like to receive a copy of the results you can let the research team know by contacting the research personnel using the details in the sidebar.

6. How can I express my interest in taking part?

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

7. I have further questions, who can I contact for help?

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