National Early Inflammatory Arthritis – First Annual Report
The National Early Inflammatory Arthritis Audit (NEIAA) collects information on all new patients over the age of sixteen seen in specialist rheumatology departments with suspected inflammatory arthritis in England and Wales. The data presented in this report were gathered from 8 May 2018 to 7 May 2019.
The audit assesses seven key metrics of care provided for people with new symptoms of arthritis attending rheumatology services for the first time:
1. How quickly do primary care health professionals refer people suspected to have inflammatory arthritis?
2. How soon after referral are people seen in secondary care?
3. How long does it take to start treatment?
4. Do patients receive timely education about their condition?
5. Are treatment targets set and agreed?
6. Do patients have access to emergency advice?
7. Are annual reviews taking place?
The main report can be downloaded below. There is also a patient version of the report available for download.