Inequities in people with gout: a focus on Māori (Indigenous People) of Aotearoa New Zealand

Ther Adv Musculoskelet Dis. 2021 Jun 30;13:1759720X211028007. doi: 10.1177/1759720X211028007. eCollection 2021.


Health equity can be defined as the absence of systematic disparities in health between more and less advantaged social groups. Gout is one of the most common forms of arthritis and disproportionally affects Indigenous peoples, including Māori in Aotearoa New Zealand. Inequities in gout management are well documented and clearly evidenced in Indigenous populations. For example, while gout occurs at a younger age and is more severe in Māori, there is less regular dispensing of urate-lowering therapies. Indigenous peoples are also under-represented in clinical trials. Herein, we will review inequities in gout using Aoteoaroa New Zealand as an example. We will explore reasons for health inequities and challenges that need to be faced to achieve health equity.

PMID:34262623 | PMC:PMC8252336 | DOI:10.1177/1759720X211028007