Gout is a chronic disease that is on a rising trend and greatly affects one’s physical and psychosocial well-being. The aim of this study was to explore patients’ perceptions of living with gout. A descriptive qualitative study was conducted and 15 adults with gout were interviewed face-to-face between December 2014 and January 2015. Thematic analysis was used to analyze the transcribed data. The experiences of patients with gout were found to revolve around four themes: emotional experiences with gout, disruptions in daily lives, interactions with doctor, and coping with gout using internal and external resources. The in-depth understanding of the patients’ experiences indicates a need to provide holistic patient education and to involve family members to create nurse-led support groups and to raise public awareness regarding gout.
- descriptive qualitative