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.

How to use NICE quality standards and how we develop them

Quality standards help you improve the quality of care you provide or commission. Find out how to use quality standards and how we develop them. We check our quality standards every August to make sure they are up to date.