Rheumatoid arthritis in adults: management

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

There are approximately 400,000 people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in the UK. The incidence of the condition is low, with around 1.5 men and 3.6 women developing RA per 10,000 people per year. This translates into approximately 12,000 people developing RA per year in the UK. The overall occurrence of RA is two to four times greater in women than men. The peak age of incidence in the UK for both genders is the 70s, but people of all ages can develop the disease.

This Guidelines summary covers referral, diagnosis, investigations, and includes an algorithm for pharmacological management.

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