What is the FORWARD Databank?
FORWARD—The National Data Bank for Rheumatic Diseases is a research data bank for the study of arthritis and rheumatic conditions. By rheumatic conditions, we mean rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoarthritis (OA), fibromyalgia, lupus, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, polymyositis, low back pain, tendonitis, and many other problems- any condition treated by a rheumatologist or joint specialist. The FORWARD project collects data on rheumatic conditions directly from persons who have these problems. The goals of the project are to advance knowledge about the causes, outcomes, costs, treatments, and results of treatments related to rheumatic conditions. Another important goal of the FORWARD project is to stimulate research and study by health professionals by making FORWARD data available for medical research.