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UKCRC Health Research Classification System


Main inclusion criteria

Osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, muscular and skeletal disorders and normal musculoskeletal and cartilage development and function.


Advice on health categories

Includes research into limbs and the face.

Studies of musculoskeletal pain, such as fibromyalgia, should be classified as Musculoskeletal. However studies focussed on pain pathways in the nervous system would be classified as Neurological and pain perception would be classified as Mental Health.

Official terminology

Full name of category

Short name Unique ID
Musculoskeletal Muscle



Related external links

International Classification of Diseases (ICD 10 v2016) – Chapter XIII:   Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00-M99)