A brief introduction to the National Data Bank for Rheumatic Diseases

Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2005 Sep-Oct;23(5 Suppl 39):S168-71.


The National Data Bank for Rheumatic Diseases (NDB) is a research data bank with a broad agenda and approach to important clinical, regulatory, epidemiological, safety, effectiveness, outcome and patient care questions that cannot be answered by conventional data banks. It has systematic, ongoing quality control programs that assure high quality data. NDB-developed programs result in very efficient analytic capabilities and rapid publication.

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / methods*
  • Biomedical Research / organization & administration
  • Databases, Factual*
  • Humans
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized*
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Rheumatic Diseases* / diagnosis
  • Rheumatic Diseases* / epidemiology
  • Rheumatic Diseases* / therapy
  • Rheumatology / methods*
  • Rheumatology / organization & administration
  • United States / epidemiology