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‘Rheumatology is a multidisciplinary branch of medicine that deals with the investigation, diagnosis and management of patients…it incorporates over 200 disorders affecting joints, bones, muscles and soft tissues. Musculoskeletal conditions also affect other organ systems’ (BSR, 2017, What is rheumatology). Use this guide to find information resources about rheumatology including books, journal articles and reports.

Last updated: 08/01/2018

Key Resources

Standards for infusion therapy Royal College of Nursing (2016) Standards for infusion therapy, London: RCN.
Subcutaneous methotrexate Royal College of Nursing (2016) Administering subcutaneous methothrexate for inflammatory arthritis RCN guidance (3rd ed), London: RCN.
Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA): Standards of care documents
Telephone advice Royal College of Nursing (2012) Using telephone advice for patients with long-term conditions, London: RCN. 
Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (2011) Management of early rheumatoid arthritis: A national clinical guideline. 
  • SIGN guidance is officially Scotland only
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National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2017) NICE guidance for rheumatology, London: NICE.
  • NICE guidance is officially England only.
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British Society for Rheumatology: Guidelines
British Society for Rheumatology (2015) National clinical audit for rheumatoid and early inflammatory arthritis, BSR: London.
National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society: Publications
We would like to thank the RCN Rheumatology Nursing member community for their input into the development of this subject guide.


West rheumatology secrets West S G (2015) Rheumatology secrets, Philadelphia: Elsevier Mosby.
Hakim oxford handbook Hakim A et al. (2014) Oxford handbook of rheumatology, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Nicassio psychological factors Nicassio P M (2015) Psychosocial factors in arthritis: perspectives on adjustment and management, Cham: Springer International Publishing.
Reed pediatric rheumatology Reed A M & Mason T G (2012) Pediatric rheumatology: a color handbook, London: Manson.
Wardrope ABC of common soft tissue disorders Wardrope J  et al. (2016) ABC of common tissue disorders, West Sussex: Wiley Blackwell.
Al-Sukaini clinical handbook Al-Sukaini A et al. (2014) Rheumatology: a clinical handbook, Banbury: Sion.
Duckworth orthopaedics Duckworth A D et al. (2016) Orthopediacs, trauma and rheumatology, Amsterdam: Elsevier. 
Luqmani textbook of orthopaedics Lugmani R, Joseph B, Robb J et al (2012) Textbook of orthopaedics, trauma and rheumatology. St Louis: Elsevier Health Sciences.
Abdelgawad pediatric orthopedics Abdelgawad A & Naga O (2013) Pediatric orthopedics: A handbook for primary care physicians. New York: Springer. 
Yazici understanding evidence based Yazici H, Yazici Y & Lesaffre E (2014) Understanding evidence-based rheumatology: a guide to interpreting criteria, drugs, trials, registries, and ethics. Cham: Springer International.
Boulware Lippincott Boulware D W & Heudebert G R (2015) Lippincott's primary care rheumatology. Philidelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health.  
Manson rapid review of rheumatology Manson J et al. (2014) Rapid review of rheumatology and musculoskeletal disorders. Boca Raton: CRC Press. 
Bijlsma, J. W. J (2016) EULAR textbook on rheumatic diseases, London: BMJ Publishing Group.
Nygard A P (2012) What nobody sees, Sutton: Loaghtan Books.

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Journals of interest for rheumatology. Use these links to see details of availability.