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.

Guideline and Criteria App

The ACR’s Guideline and Criteria App is the go-to mobile tool for clinicians to implement guideline recommendations and criteria sets into practice. The app features interactive tools to inform treatment decisions at the point of care, including algorithms, scores and calculators, full guideline and criteria content, keyword searches, customizable bookmarks, and note-taking capabilities. Download the free app on the App Store or Google Play and have quick access on your iOS or Android device.

COVID-19 Guidance

The ACR has developed clinical guidance in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, including for the care of adult and pediatric patients with rheumatic diseases, as well as for the management of inflammatory syndromes in children with recent or concurrent infections with SARS-CoV-2, specifically Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). All recommendations are based on current knowledge and will be revised as circumstances and evidence evolve.

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.

Guidance Documents

ACR guidance documents are an avenue for projects seeking ACR endorsement or collaboration that do not fit into existing ACR publication pathways but where clinical guidance is desired by the rheumatology community. Learn more about the ACR’s process for the development of guidance projects and publications.

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.


Learn about RISE registry benefits, frequently asked questions, and how to participate. Also access data from RISE and registry resources.

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