This quality standard covers the diagnosis and management of rheumatoid arthritis in adults (aged 16 and older). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

In July 2018, this quality standard was updated to reflect changes to the updated NICE guideline on rheumatoid arthritis. Statements 3 and 5 were amended and the source guidance throughout has been updated.

Keeping quality standards up to date

We checked this quality standard in 2017. It was updated to ensure alignment with the updated source guidance on rheumatoid arthritis.

Next review: August 2019

Quality standard development process

How we develop NICE quality standards