Purpose of GoutPal.com
Why is this gout website here? Check the GoutPal.com purpose.
I like to know the purpose of your visit to GoutPal.com. Because that helps me consider your needs as I revise and add to this website. So I end every page with an invitation to you to tell me more about yourself. But I can't expect you to tell me your purpose if you don't know mine…
Not the Purpose of GoutPal.com
Let me start with what is NOT the purpose of GoutPal.com
- Selling you gout cures that don't work
- Fooling you with reports about gout secrets
- Telling you how to manage your gout
Not Selling Gout Cures
I do not sell or recommend any products or services, except:
- I include third party advertisements in order to fund my websites
- I plan to introduce paid membership services
In the past, I have endorsed some gout products and services in return for a commission. But I no longer do this, and I hope that I have deleted all those links. So please tell me if you spot one.
These days, I recommend guidance from rheumatologists and other suitable health professionals. Specifically, by explaining how and when you should discuss such guidance with your doctor. Because rheumatologists recommend that gout management should be performed by a patient physician partnership.
Where certainty of data is less than moderate or high, conditional recommendations made herein are meant to highlight those decisions that would benefit from a shared patient‐provider decision‐making process. 
Not Misdirecting You
There are lots of gout-related PDFs and similar reports that claim to hold all the secrets of effective gout cures. I do not like these scams. Especially as I believe that information to help gout sufferers should be free.
So, I provide good quality resources that should support your patient physician partnership. These are mostly free to subscribers to my free newsletter. Or as individual free gout products. However, I may start charging for some services in the future. As long as you can see added value from personalized resources.
Not Managing Your Gout
Only you can manage your gout. From your choice of physician to your options for uric acid treatment. Rheumatologist's guidelines are clear:
For all patients taking ULT, we conditionally recommend delivery of an augmented protocol of ULT dose management by nonphysician providers to optimize the treat-to-target strategy that includes patient education, shared decision-making, and treat-to-target protocol. 
However, I might include my opinions and experiences as a gout sufferer. In which case, I hope I've made the distinction clear between professional recommendations and my experiences or opinions.
GoutPal.com Purpose Statement
The purpose of GoutPal.com is to support your patient physician partnership. By providing:
- Templates for various aspects of gout management that you can customize for your unique medical history, treatment goals, and personal preferences.
- Links to professional investigations and guidance that helps you and your doctor with that customization.
What's Your Purpose at GoutPal.com
Now you know why I provide this gout support website. But does it help with your reasons for visiting today?
If not, please tell me your gout story below. Then I will see if I can adapt the purpose of GoutPal.com to better suit your needs.
This page is under review at GoutPal User Documentation Project. So you should join that project if you want access to:
- Content improvements prior to publication
- Research materials
- Additional project notes, links, and files
Also, you can contribute to the research team if you wish. However, you can still have your say in the feedback section below. Because it is your questions, experiences, and opinions that drive GoutPal to be a better resource for all gout sufferers.
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Purpose of GoutPal.com Comments
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- Versatile Gout Annotations. Annotations allow you to personalize GoutPal pages to help you learn. But they also work as a feedback option. Especially if you use the Public Group, the GoutPal Links Subscriber Group, or a GoutPal Project Group. For more information, I recommend that you subscribe to my free newsletter.
If you are asking a question, it is best to:
- Search for that question in the GoutPal Search Engine first.
- Choose the most relevant result.
- Refer to that result as you ask your question.
Purpose of GoutPal.com References
- FitzGerald, J.D., Dalbeth, N., Mikuls, T., Brignardello‐Petersen, R., Guyatt, G., Abeles, A.M., Gelber, A.C., Harrold, L.R., Khanna, D., King, C. and Levy, G., 2020. 2020 American College of Rheumatology guideline for the management of gout. Arthritis Care & Research, 72(6), pp.744-760.