Introducing Gout Tools Database

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In Introducing Gout Tools Database, I describe a new service for identifying tools that help gout sufferers. Specifically, I describe a searchable index for GoutPal.com. In order that, sufferers find relevant information, at different stages of gout diagnosis and recovery.

Introducing Gout Tools Database Audience

Introducing Gout Tools Database is a general resource for all types of gout sufferer.

Introducing Gout Tools Database

I’ve had several ideas for, and attempts at, creating a Gout Tools Database. I’ve now decided to integrate this with GoutPal.com. Then, if I produce a commercial resource database, I will maintain that separately at GoutPal.org. Thus, this becomes an index for GoutPal.com that allows different types of gout sufferer to find relevant therapies with research information.

Tools For Gout Sufferers

These reflect the different types of people identified by Questions for Gout Sufferers. So, I will aim to identify a primary gout sufferer type. Then, I may add more types for secondary influence. But, only if I’ve identified these specifically in the text. As the database develops, I may need to change the way I handle Gout Tools that have multiple audiences.

Gout Therapy Tools

These are:

  • Gout Pain Control Therapies.
  • Uric Acid Control Therapies.
  • General Gout Aids.

Again, as the general category evolves, it might highlight other significant collections. For example, Gout Tests are probably significant, although they are not therapies.

Gout Research Tools

Effectively, this is a grade for each gout tool:

  1. Gout Sufferers Research.
  2. Human Research.
  3. Animal Research.
  4. Laboratory Research.
  5. Not researched.

Also I have an unranked status for tools that I have not researched for appropriate studies. Because Gout Tools is primarily a research database, I will focus on tools that have been tested. So, most records will be “Gout Study of …” format. But, I might include certain topics that are commonly searched for, but really not effective gout tools. Therefore, the “unranked” status effectively reflects work-in-progress.

Gout Tools Study Format

The logic of this database is that the most valuable tools for gout sufferers are those that are backed by high-quality research. Once a tool is identified, I create a “Gout Tool” record. This links back to appropriate GoutPal pages, categories, tags, discussions, etc. However, links from Gout Facts and the Gout Blog need to be created manually.

So, the format will include:

  • Usual Intro identifying Audience.
  • Body of gout study.
  • Usual summary explaining where to look next.
  • Usual link to GoutPal History attachment.

The summary can include some, or all, of:

  • Where to obtain resource.
  • Relevant facts page, therapy, exercise, or lesson.
  • Relevant collections of facts and/or discussions.
  • Search results.

Where a gout study is published, I should include research that sites this publication. Then, in subsequent revisions, I can investigate new citing articles. Where possible, I could link to reports that I have already summarized. However, I shouldn’t aim for comprehensive cross-referencing. Because, this is already covered by established research sources.

To avoid masses of hardly-read gout tool records, I must focus on those that are regularly accessed from the rest of GoutPal.

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How will you research the tools you need to manage your gout?

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