Letters Rheumatoid arthritis

Importance of early detection and referral of rheumatoid arthritis

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2172 (Published 18 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2172
  1. Joanna M Ledingham, consultant rheumatologist and clinical director for the National Audit for Rheumatoid and Early Inflammatory Arthritis On behalf of the British Society for Rheumatology national audit project working group and steering committee
  1. Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth PO6 3LY, UK
  1. jo.ledingham{at}porthosp.nhs.uk

Harnden and colleagues highlight the importance of early detection and referral of rheumatoid arthritis.1 Serious delays in referrals and appointments were identified within the national rheumatoid arthritis and early inflammatory arthritis (EIA) audit’s first annual report.2

This audit assesses performance across England and Wales against National Institute for …

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