Arthritis Care

Wait Time Benchmarks for Arthritis Care

Diagnoses/Treatment Acceptable Wait Time
 Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
Recommended maximum wait time to see a patient with suspected RA 4 weeks
Ideal wait time to start of disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) once diagnosis is confirmed 2 weeks
 Spondyloarthritis (SpA)
Recommended wait time to see a patient with potential inflammatory back pain 3 months
Ideal wait time for MRI of spine requested by rheumatologist 6 weeks
 Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA)
Recommended wait time to see a patient with possible psoriatic arthritis 6 weeks
 Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
Maximum wait time to see a patient with SLE 1 month
 Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)
Recommended wait time to see a patient with Systemic Onset JIA (SOJIA) 7 days
Recommended wait time to see a patient with JIA (except SOJIA) 4 weeks
 Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) Uveitis Screening
Ideal wait time for uveitis screening by eye care provider in patient with oligoarticular JIA, psoriatic JIA, RF negative JIA, or undifferentiated JIA 4 weeks

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