3 Further information

3.1 This guidance requires that clinicians undertaking the procedure make special arrangements for audit. The Institute has identified relevant audit criteria and developed an audit tool (which is for use at local discretion).

3.2 NICE has published interventional procedures guidance on artificial metacarpophalangeal and interphalangeal joint replacement for end-stage arthritis and artificial trapeziometacarpal joint replacement for endstage osteoarthritis, and a clinical guideline on the care and management of osteoarthritis in adults.

Sources of evidence

The evidence considered by the Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee is described in the overview.

Information for patients

NICE has produced information describing its guidance on this procedure for patients and their carers ('Understanding NICE guidance'). It explains the nature of the procedure and the decision made, and has been written with patient consent in mind.