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.

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