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Arthritis Research UK MRC Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work

This centre is led from Southampton with partners from the Universities of Aberdeen, Lancaster, Liverpool, Oxford, Manchester, Salford, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Imperial College, London.

Research at this centre brings focused on addressing major research questions to reduce the impact of musculoskeletal disorders, such as back pain and arthritis, in the workplace.

Back pain, arthritis and other conditions of musculoskeletal pain are some of the main causes of incapacity for work in the UK, accounting for loss of 10 million working days per year at a cost of £7 billion.

This centre aims to identify cost-effective ways to minimise the impact of musculoskeletal conditions in the workplace and establish a national resource for advice on musculoskeletal health and work, accessible to Government, employers, workers, health professionals and patients, and actively promote best work and clinical practice.


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