The University of Alabama at Birmingham is in the process of planning a patient-centered, internet-based trial that will evaluate the effectiveness of supplemental cherry extract for gout management. Before this, we'll need your help in answering a brief, three-question survey.
Gout is one of the most common forms of inflammatory arthritis and a major public health problem. Despite the efficacy of urate-lowering therapy (ULT), effectiveness is low, since many of patients with gout have poor adherence to ULT therapy, in part due to concerns about medication side effects, cost and the intermittent nature of gout symptoms. For these reasons, as well as an increasing preference among many patients for non-pharmacological treatments, there is a need to critically evaluate non-pharmacological treatments (e.g., dietary cherry supplements) for gout.
Below is a link to a survey that will help us understand enthusiasm among rheumatologists about this question. Thank you in advance for your thoughts and feedback.