This guideline covers diagnosing and managing rheumatoid arthritis. It aims to improve quality of life by ensuring that people with rheumatoid arthritis have the right treatment to slow the progression of their condition and control their symptoms. People should also have rapid access to specialist care if their condition suddenly worsens.
This guideline includes new and updated recommendations on:
- investigations following diagnosis
- treat-to-target strategy and initial pharmacological management
- symptom control and monitoring
It also includes recommendations on:
- investigations for diagnosis and referral from primary care
- non-pharmacological management and the multidisciplinary team
- communication and education
- timing and referral for surgery
Who is it for?
- Healthcare professionals
- Commissioners and providers
- People with rheumatoid arthritis and their families and carers