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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: 24/03/2020

Key Resources

Royal College of Nursing and NHS England (2018) Best value biological medicines: briefing for specialist nurses, November 2018. (no place): (no publisher).
  • This briefing covers the role of specialist nurses in supporting patients who switch to best value biological medicines. It focusses on adalimumab, biological versions of which are scheduled to be available on a framework agreement on behalf of the NHS from 1 December 2018.
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Assessing managing Royal College of Nursing (2017) Assessing, managing and monitoring biologic therapies for inflammatory arthritis, 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
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.


Garrett - clinical pocket Garrett B et al (2017) Clinical Pocket Reference For Orthopaedic Nurses. Oxford: Clinical Pocket Reference.
Boulware Lippincott's primary care Boulware D W & Heudebert G R (2015) Lippincott's primary care rheumatology. Philidelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health.  
Duckworth orthopaedics Duckworth A D et al. (2016) Orthopediacs, trauma and rheumatology, Amsterdam: Elsevier. 

Adebajo A & Dunkley L (2018) ABC of Rheumatology John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated.

Maneesh B (2019) Musculoskeletal Injections and Alternative Options: A practical guide to 'what, when and how?' 1st edn, Milton: CRC Press.

Makhni M C et al (2017) Orthopedic Emergencies. Cham: Springer.
Orthopedic and sports Myrick K M (2017) Orthopedic and sports medicine case studies for advanced practice nurses. 1st ed. New York, NY: Springer.
Namdari - orthopedic secrets Namdari S et al (2015) Orthopedic secrets. Fourth ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier Saunders.
Nicassio psychological factors Nicassio P M (2015) Psychosocial factors in arthritis: perspectives on adjustment and management, Cham: Springer International Publishing.
Staheli - fundamentals of

Staheli L T (2016) Fundamentals of pediatric orthopedics. Fifth ed. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer. 

Wardrope ABC of common soft tissue disorders Wardrope J  et al. (2016) ABC of common tissue disorders, West Sussex: Wiley Blackwell.
West rheumatology secrets West S G (2015) Rheumatology secrets, Philadelphia: Elsevier Mosby.
Bijlsma, J. W. J (2016) EULAR textbook on rheumatic diseases, London: BMJ Publishing Group.

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