Musculoskeletal Health Care (MCRC)

The Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center (MCRC) in Musculoskeletal Diseases, funded by NIH/NIAMS, conducts and supports research on the comparative effectiveness of musculoskeletal treatment options to improve outcomes for patients with musculoskeletal disease and injury.

By taking advantage of cross-disciplinary collaborations, the MCRC is committed to improving the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions that burden our economy and impact our aging populations’ health.

Current projects focus on:

  • Prevention of secondary fracture in elderly patients, using Medicare claims and other data sources, to identify the most effective approaches to post-fracture care of the hip, wrist, and shoulder.
  • Enhancing informed decision-making by developing an outcomes calculator for sharing individualized risk and benefit information among surgeons, primary care providers and patients considering treatment options for back-pain-related conditions.
  • Improving the safety of orthopedic devices by using claims data as early signals of poor performance.

Center Leadership


  • Anna N.A. Tosteson, ScD
    Anna N.A. Tosteson, ScD Dr. Tosteson's methodological interests include decision-analytic modeling, economic evaluation, preference-based measures of health-related quality of life, and statistical methods for diagnostic technology assessment. 
    Departments of Medicine and of Community & Family Medicine
    The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice
    Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
    Director, NCCC Office of Cancer Comparative Effectiveness Research
    James J. Carroll Professor in Oncology at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center and the Geisel School of Medicine.
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  • Jon Lurie, MD, MS
    Jon Lurie, MD, MS Low Back Pain Pragmatic Clinical Trials Fall Prevention Physician Workforce Modeling  
    Professor of Medicine, Orthopaedics, and of The Dartmouth Institute
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  • Tor Tosteson, ScD
    Tor Tosteson, ScD
    Professor, Biomedical Data Science
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