Investigating the Relationship between Point-Of-Care Uric Acid and Dietary Pattern

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Peter Chuk
Carrie Kan


Introduction  High serum uric acid due to improper dietary intake has been identified to associate with painful gouty attack. This study investigates the relationship between point-of-care testing in uric acid and the dietary pattern among participants attending the 2014 Vegetarian Festival in Hong Kong.

Method  A cross-sectional study was conducted using questionnaire to collect demographic data and dietary pattern of the participants. Point-of-care analyzer was used to measure their serum uric acid. Data was analyzed by descriptive and non-parametric statistics.

Results  A total of 94 health seekers participated in the study. A prevalence of high POC-UAs was identified among these participants (14.9% (14/94)); non-vegetarians (18.5% (12/65)) tended to have a higher proportion of high POC-UAs compared to vegetarians (7.1% (2/28)); half of these participants with high POC-UAs had obesity 23.5% (4/17) and 1-3 chronic diseases (53.3% (8/15)). The POC-UAs of those having 1-3 chronic diseases 53.3% (8/15) were also significantly greater than those of a single chronic disease 25.0% (1/4) (Χ²=26.769, p<0.001).

Discussion  The findings suggested that Point-of-care testing can be an effective predictor of gout risk as most individuals may be unaware of their hyperuricemia condition because of asymptomatic at an early stage.

Conclusion  For a better control of hyperuricemia and prevention of acute gouty attack, health education with a convenient monitoring using Point-of-care method and dietary intervention is recommended.

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Chuk P, Kan C. Investigating the Relationship between Point-Of-Care Uric Acid and Dietary Pattern. ClinHealthPromot [Internet]. 2022 Feb. 1 [cited 2023 Oct. 1];12(1):e22002:1-6. Available from:
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Author Biographies

Peter Chuk, Tung Wah College

Mr. Peter Chuk, Senior Lecturer of Tung Wah College (2019-2021), initially received tertiary education in religious studies (1978-1982) and had some teaching experience, thereafter, he engaged in direct patient care as a Registered Nurse in the clinical setting with a speciality in cardio-pulmonary and acute care (1982-1996).  Peter’s early teaching career was as a Nurse Educator in the Princess Margaret Hospital School of Nursing (1996-1997) and a Course Coordinator (1997-1998) of Advanced Nursing Assessment for a Postgraduate Diploma in The Chinese University of Hong Kong Nursing Department.  He then served as an Assistant Professor (1997-2000) in the School of Nursing Studies of The University of Hong Kong where he consolidated tertiary teaching, curriculum management and development, and research works.  He later served as an Associate Professor 2006-2008) in Macao Polytechnic Institute School of Health Sciences.  To achieve evidence-based health care work integrating theory into practice for an effective outcome, Peter completed several research projects with publications in patient care, clinical teaching, health education and promotion in training and development.  He was also a peer reviewer (2000-present) for more than 15 years invited by the Editorial Board of Journal of Advanced Nursing. 

His other health administration and management work include writing hospital policies and procedures to comply with the Joint International Commission (JCI) healthcare standards and the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS).  For the last few years before joining Tung Wah College, Peter served as a Health Educator and Researcher of the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital where he was involved in lifestyle medicine and education programs, healthy ageing promotion, policies and procedures alignment of Health Promoting Hospital and Health Services (HPH) and ACHS standards.  He also designed and structured health training programs for academic health professionals and students with networking in Hong Kong and China.  He also updated his clinical practice to become a licensed American Heart Association Basic Life Support Instructor.  Health teaching and training and development are his continuing professional plan to achieve healthy ageing and prevent/ control the spread of non-communicable diseases.  

Academic and Professional Qualifications
DipN, Acute NCareCert (Syd), PGDipN (Cardio-pulmonary),
MclinN, RN (Syd,UK,HK), AHABLS Licensed Instructor (HK)

Author Identifications
Web of Science Researcher ID: I-4684-2019
ORCiD ID: 0000-0001-9246-7510
Scopus Author ID: 190201-018188

Carrie Kan, Tung Wah College

Ms. Carrie Kan is a highly experienced nurse with over 20 years of medical and surgical nursing experience. Her experiences in the United Kingdom and the Middle East have allowed her to explore various health care systems. She obtained her Bachelor of Nursing (Hon) in 2003, during which she was awarded the “Outstanding Student Award”. She further obtained her Master of Philosophy (Nursing) in 2008. The topic for her thesis was presented in the Scientific Symposium of the same year. Ms. Kan has taught in tertiary institutions for over seven years. She believes education involves teaching and learning for students and teachers, and that stimulating the thought processes and an enquiring mind are keys to acquiring knowledge.   Academic and Professional Qualifications MPhil (Nursing), BN (Hons), BA (Hons), RN   Education Master of Philosophy (Nursing), Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)  Bachelor of Nursing (Hons), School of Nursing and Health Studies, The Open University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong) Bachelor of Western Art and Humanities (Hons), School of Art and Social Science, The Open University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)   Honours and Awards Outstanding student award, The Open University of Hong Kong (2002) Remarkable Nurse, Adventist Hospital, Hong Kong (2006)   Teaching Areas Fundamental nursing Non-communicable disease Maternal and infant care   Research Interests Health and lifestyle    Community/ Professional Contributions (Selected) Spiritual ambassador of Adventist Health (Hong Kong)