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Guidance update: latest NICE guidelines on rheumatoid arthritis

Guidance update: latest NICE guidelines on rheumatoid arthritis

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Time to Complete

1 hour


May 16, 2017


July 4, 2017
This module is part of the Essentials learning programme where clinical guidance is translated into everyday practice for GPs.

Programme Description

Dr Katrina Davies describes the latest guidance on rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The module outlines what’s new in the guidance, which symptoms and investigations should prompt referral to a rheumatologist, and the recommended management and monitoring of patients with RA in primary care.

Guidance: NICE guidance CG79. Rheumatoid arthritis in adults: management. Updated December 2015.

Educational Objectives

After taking this module, GPs and nurses will be better able to:
  • Recall what’s new and what’s relevant to them in the NICE guidance on rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Describe which symptoms associated with RA require urgent referral to a rheumatologist
  • Explain the GP’s role in managing patients with RA in primary care
  • Outline the different pharmacological treatments available for managing symptoms of RA
  • Advise patients with RA about what to expect in an annual review in primary care
  • Discuss with the practice team some areas of controversy/uncertainty relating to the guidance
  • Carry out quality improvement activities relating to RA
  • Author

    Activity and test author
    Dr Katrina Davies


    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 1 learning credit (1 hour learning). This credit award is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. If you spend less time on the activity we recommend claiming fewer credits.

    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time and may be exported to the Clarity & RCGP Appraisal Toolkit for GPs.


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