Classification system article structure

Last revised by Dr Daniel J Bell on 15 Nov 2021

Articles about classification systems have their own specific structure.

Please also see reproduction of classification systems.


As with all other articles, the introductory paragraph should aim to summarize in 1-5 lines what the specific classification system is used for. If there have been important modifications, then this should be detailed. The first sentence should contain the name of the classification system in bold.

This section will usually be one to two paragraphs that explains specifics about usage. It can be a challenging paragraph to write as information about usage is not readily available and, in some instances, there is significant regional variation.

Nonetheless, an attempt at helping the reader understand whether a classification system is widely used in routine clinical practice or whether it is purely for historical interest or research use is worthwhile. Due to its very nature, a somewhat less formal tone may be appropriate. 

The bulk of the article will be in this section, detailing the specifics of the classification system. Most classification systems are divided into grades, types, etc. and often each of these labels is given its own subheading (H5), with possible further subheadings as appropriate.

This section will detail the date when the classification system was first published and the individual(s) who developed it. The paragraph may also include any important modifications, with details about when they were introduced and by whom.

  • a bulleted list of conditions related to the classification system
  • a bulleted list of articles related to the classification system

NB: All articles will be placed in the system related to the classification system.

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