This quality standard covers assessing, diagnosing and managing rheumatoid arthritis in over 16s. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

 We’ve produced new guidance on rheumatological autoimmune, inflammatory and metabolic bone disorders to follow during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is relevant to statements 2, 4 and 5 in this quality standard and may help to support using the quality standard during this time.

 We’ve produced new guidance on children and young people who are immunocompromised to follow during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is relevant to statements 2, 4 and 5 in this quality standard and may help to support using the quality standard during this time.

In January 2020, this quality standard was updated in response to an annual review, which identified changes in the areas for improvement for this topic. For more information see update information.

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