Clinical Support

Delivering high-quality clinical care is a central priority for rheumatologists and others who care for patients with rheumatic disease. Find resources to help you deliver the best care possible and measure your actions and decisions for purposes of quality improvement and/or reporting. Researchers can also access disease-specific criteria and useful measurement tools.

Clinical Practice Guidelines

ACR guidelines include recommendations for the management of patients with particular conditions or diseases. Guidelines are developed using a systematic process, and are based on available evidence and the clinical experience and expertise of rheumatologists and other interested stakeholders.

Quality Measurement

Find more information about the ACR’s involvement and leadership in quality measurement activities, including measure development and testing, endorsement of measures, and relationships with other organizations. Also included are disease activity and functional status assessment tools.


Find the latest ACR-endorsed classification, response, and remission criteria for rheumatic diseases, along with a bibliography of criteria, guidelines, and health-status assessments used in rheumatology clinical care and research.

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

The ACR has published recommendations for the use of musculoskeletal ultrasonography in rheumatology clinical practice.

Choosing Wisely

Learn more about the ACR’s list of top five tests and treatments commonly used in rheumatology that should be discussed between rheumatologists and their patients to be sure the care being given is beneficial and a good use of health care resources.