Statement 1 Adults with suspected axial or peripheral spondyloarthritis are referred to a rheumatologist.
Statement 2 Adults with suspected axial spondyloarthritis and an X‑ray that does not show sacroiliitis have an MRI using an inflammatory back pain protocol.
Statement 3 Adults with axial spondyloarthritis are referred to a specialist physiotherapist for a structured exercise programme.
Statement 4 Adults with spondyloarthritis are given information about their condition, which healthcare professionals will be involved with their care, and how and when to get in touch with them.
NICE has developed guidance and a quality standard on patient experience in adult NHS services (see the NICE Pathway on patient experience in adult NHS services), which should be considered alongside these quality statements.
Other quality standards that should be considered when commissioning or providing spondyloarthritis services include:
A full list of NICE quality standards is available from the quality standards topic library.