Arthritis: Diagnosis:Written question - 260723

Asked by Ben Bradley
Asked on: 05 June 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Arthritis: Diagnosis
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to improve early diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 14 June 2019

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Guidance ‘Rheumatoid Arthritis in Adults: management’, updated in 2018, sets out best practice on the diagnosis, treatment, care support of people living with the condition. The guidance emphasises the need for early diagnosis, with urgent referral to a specialist rheumatologist on suspicion of rheumatoid arthritis. This is because treatment at an early stage can halt progression of disease.

The full guidance can be viewed at the following link:

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