Clinical Disease Coding and Classification: an overview for General Practitioners

Author: Meade, Brian Dr.;National GPIT Group;ICGP

Publication Year: 2011


What is a classification system?
What is a disease coding system?
Why do we need disease classification systems when using computers?
Does coding disease make a consultation longer?
Which classification systems are in use in General Practice?
ICPC-2-International Classification of Primary Care
ICPC-2 Plus
ICD 10 - International Classification of Disease
SNOMED CT - Systemised Nomenclature of Medicine Clinical Terms
Disease Registers


The document provides an overview of disease coding and classification for GPs as well as advice on setting up a disease register. The area is likely to be of more importance given that GPs are set to become more involved in providing chronic disease care over the coming years and are now obliged to carry our practice audits in order to retain their professional competence with the medical council. The revised overview includes a reference to ICPC-2 Plus an Australian classification now being offered by some GP software suppliers.

Format Download
Keywords classification of diseases, diseases, general practice
Publisher ICGP/ National General Practice Information Technology Group
Classification classification of diseases
Pages 7
Categories: Irish Content, ICGP Resources
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