NICE quality standards describe high-priority areas for quality improvement in a defined care or service area. Each standard consists of a prioritised set of specific, concise and measurable statements. They draw on existing guidance, which provides an underpinning, comprehensive set of recommendations, and are designed to support the measurement of improvement.

This quality standard covers the assessment and management of osteoarthritis in adults aged 18 years and over. It does not cover the replacement of hip, knee or shoulder joints in adults with osteoarthritis, because this will be included in a future NICE guideline and quality standard. For more information see the topic overview.