Quality standard

This quality standard covers diagnosing, assessing and managing osteoarthritis in adults. It includes treatment and support, and referral for joint surgery. 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 statement 6 in this quality standard and may help to support using the quality standard during this time.

It does not cover joint replacement surgery, because this will be included in a future NICE quality standard.

How to use NICE quality standards and how we develop them

Quality standards help you improve the quality of care you provide or commission. They apply in England and Wales (see the UK government website and Welsh government website). Decisions on how they apply in Scotland and Northern Ireland are made by ministers in the Scottish government and Northern Ireland Executive.

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.