Development sources

Evidence sources

The documents below contain recommendations from NICE guidance or other NICE accredited sources that were used by the Topic Expert Group to develop the quality standard statements and measures.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (2009) Rheumatoid arthritis. NICE clinical guidelineĀ 79.

Policy context

It is important that the quality standard is considered alongside current policy documents, including:

National Audit Office (2009) Services for people with rheumatoid arthritis.

Department of Health (2006) The musculoskeletal services framework.

Department of Health (2005) The national service framework for long term conditions.