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.

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

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