Medical Research and Disease Burden. A Method for Classifying Publications According to the Health Research Classification System (HRCS) [NWB'2016 presentation slides]

2016-11-22T20:55:09Z (GMT) by Dag Aksnes
The Health Research Classification System (HRCS) is a system for classifying biomedical and health research which was developed by the UK Clinical Research Collaboration. The main purpose of the system is to provide an overview of health research funding. The research is classified according to a two dimensional framework. One dimension is used to classify the type of health or disease being studied. There are 21 categories encompassing various diseases and areas of health.  
The HRCS system is mainly developed for analyzing the funding of research. In this study, a method for classifying the publication output according to HRCS categories is presented. The method adopts a combination of journal based and content based delineation using topic specific keywords. Details of the classification method will be described along with a discussion of the challenges involved. Based on the method, it is possible to analyze how the research output compares with the research funding amount, which also has been classified according to the HRCS-system. Preliminary results on these characteristics of Norwegian medical research will be presented. As a next step, the results may be linked to disease burden measurements, for example in terms of prevalence, mortality, extent of disability and social economic costs of various diseases. This represent new and interesting background information in the setting of research funding priorities.