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Jargon Buster

Through speaking with patients and members of the public, we’ve learnt that our field of research can often have words and phrases which can be confusing. To help make our research more accessible we decided to create a glossary of terms, or Jargon Buster.

As our research continues, we’ll keep updating this list.


This refers to over 230 different illnesses like heart problems, cancer, dementia, mental health problems, and long-term infectious diseases like HIV or hepatitis


If you have a smartphone or have used the internet to search for something – AI is working in the background to help you get what you are looking for. We are using AI to find patterns in very large datasets. With so much data its hard for humans to see what is going on and detect useful patterns – it’s a bit like finding a needle in a haystack. AI makes it easier to spot these patterns.


These are used in general practice (by your GP) and in hospitals to record information about diagnoses and treatments. In this research we will only ever use anonymised records to make sure we cannot identify individuals

If you come across a term we’ve used that needs a bit more explanation, feel free to let us know through this link, and we will add it to our ‘Jargon Buster’ list.


Project Leads

Work package 1 - Data access, data wrangling, data engineering

Work package 1 Lead(s)

Work package 1 Team members

Work package 2 - AI for MLTC and polypharmacy clusters, time course and trajectories

Work package 2 Lead(s)

Work package 2 Team members

Work package 3 - Towards interpretation and clinical decision making

Work package 3 Lead(s)

Work package 3a Mental Health Lead

Work package 3b Inflammation Lead

Work package 4 - Social science investigation of Interdisciplinary entanglements

Work package 4 Lead(s)

Work package 5 - Health and social care outcomes: translation into practice

Work package 5 Lead(s)

Cross-cutting: Inequalities


Team members

Cross-cutting: Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE)

PPIE Lead(s)

PPIE Team members