Messages and characters portrayed through film, television, and digital media have far-reaching effects and consequences on society. For many decades, the onscreen portrayal of gout has promoted inaccurate beliefs about its causes and management, such as self-indulgence and social status, as well as an association with humor, shame, and embarrassment. Subsequently, these misrepresentations have negatively affected the mental health and quality of life of patients with gout.
How can rheumatologists and providers address the issue?
This episode features Nehad Soloman, MD, a rheumatologist at Arizona Arthritis & Rheumatology Associates, and Christina Derksen, MSc, one of the study authors on a paper about the fictional depictions of gout in film and television, published in BMC Rheumatology.
Nehad Soloman, MD, currently practices at Arizona Arthritis and Rheumatology Associates and is actively engaged in clinical research trials for many rheumatic diseases. As a rheumatology specialist with more than 22 years of experience, Dr Soloman has been the recipient of multiple awards for research and academic excellence during his career. He also achieved the highest honor of “Fellow of the Year” for outstanding performance and dedication to patient care on graduation. Dr Soloman continues to reach out to the community via public speaking through the Arthritis Foundation and was named Medical Honoree for 2014.