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National Clinical Audit for Rheumatoid and Early Inflammatory Arthritis

The audit was commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and ran from 2014 to 2016.

It examined the assessment and early secondary care management of all forms of peripheral joint early inflammatory arthritis in NHS secondary care settings in England and Wales. Detailed follow up and outcome data was collected on patients up to three months from recruitment. 

National Clinical Audit

Reports

Two annual reports were published, which provided robust benchmarking of rheumatology services for the first time.
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    Second clinical annual report

    Analyses data from 5,002 patients, who were recruited between 1 February and 30 October 2015.

    Posted on Friday, January 29, 2016

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    Second patient annual report

    Assess the early management of patients referred to rheumatology providers with suspected inflammatory arthritis.

    Posted on Friday, January 29, 2016

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    First clinical annual report

    Analyses data on 6,354 patients, who were recruited to the audit between 1 February 2014 and 31 January 2015

    Posted on Thursday, April 30, 2015

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    First patient annual report

    In depth look at patients over 16 years of age in England and Wales with suspected rheumatoid or other types of early inflammatory arthritis within the crucial first 3 months of referral to a specialist.

    Posted on Thursday, April 30, 2015

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    HQIP plan to commission a new audit in 2017. This will build upon earlier data collected to quantify the impact of the first audit in more detail and provide an overview of standards of care at a time of substantial organisation changes within the NHS. Further details about the new audit will be published shortly.