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NICE publish consultation information for rheumatoid arthritis

For Rheumatoid arthritis

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have started a consultation on Quality Standards for rheumatoid arthritis in patients aged over 16 years.

The consultation will provide the NICE committee with a basis for discussing and prioritising quality improvement areas for development into draft quality statements and measures for public consultation.

This quality standard will cover assessment, diagnosis and management of rheumatoid arthritis in over 16s. It will update and replace the existing NICE quality standard for rheumatoid arthritis in over 16s.

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About rheumatoid arthritis (source NICE)
Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disorder largely affecting synovial joints. It typically affects the small joints of the hands and the feet, and usually affects both sides equally and symmetrically although any synovial joint can be affected.

It presents with swelling, stiffness, pain and progressive joint destruction. There is a rapid loss of muscle around the joint and this along with pain and swelling, leads to loss of function. There may be periods when symptoms become worse (flares) and this can be difficult to predict.

Pain and joint stiffness are usually worse in the morning and after a period of inactivity.

Rheumatoid arthritis can affect the whole-body including eyes, lungs and heart causing for example vasculitis or severe lung fibrosis. It may also be associated with other conditions such as Sjorgren's syndrome (dryness of the eyes and mouth), carpal tunnel syndrome and the presence of rheumatic nodules (hard lumps particularly over surfaces such as the elbow).

© NICE [2019]

Rheumatoid arthritis in over 16s (QS update). In development [GID-QS10136]. Expected publication date: 09 January 2020
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The information provided by NICE was accurate at the time this article was issued.

NICE consultation information for Quality Standards in rheumatoid arthritis

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