Diagnosis code (ICPC-2 PLUS) ANNNNN
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|Definition:||The ICPC-2 PLUS code set representing diagnoses.|
|Maximum character length:||6|
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|Revision status:||The second edition, ICPC-2 PLUS, was released in 1998 in line with the international update of ICPC (ICPC-1) to ICPC-2. ICPC-2 PLUS is updated approximately three times per year to incorporate user feedback and suggestions for new content.|
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|Classification scheme:||International Classification of Primary Care, Second edition PLUS|
ICPC-2 PLUS (also known as the BEACH coding system) is a clinical terminology classified to the International Classification of Primary Care, Version 2 (ICPC-2). ICPC-2 PLUS is a user-friendly coding system, allowing health professionals to record symptoms, diagnoses (problem labels), past health problems and processes (such as procedures, counselling and referrals) at the point of care. ICPC-2 PLUS can be used in age-sex disease registers, morbidity registers and full electronic health records in primary care. It currently contains approximately 8,000 terms that are commonly used in Australian general practice.
ICPC-2 PLUS is primarily used in Australia. It is installed in various software packages and used in electronic health record (EHR) systems by approximately 3,200 GPs in more than 500 practices throughout Australia. It is also used in research projects, including the BEACH (Bettering the Evaluation And Care of Health) program, the national study of general practice activity. The terminology is therefore often referred to as the BEACH coding system.
The terminology is maintained and regularly updated by the Family Medicine Research Centre (FMRC), at the University of Sydney. Users of ICPC-2 PLUS are actively involved in the ongoing development of the terminology.
ICPC-2 PLUS is based on the same structure as ICPC-2. See the ICPC-2 section to find out more.
There are 3 main constructs within the structure of ICPC-2 PLUS:
ICPC-2 PLUS codes are 6 digits long, and can be broken down into two parts, the ICPC-2 code, and the "plus" code. For example, A86001:
Structure of ICPC-2
A biaxial structure and consists of 17 chapters, each divided into 7 components dealing with symptoms and complaints (comp. 1), diagnostic, screening and preventive procedures (comp. 2), medication, treatment and procedures (comp. 3), test results (comp. 4), administrative (comp. 5), referrals and other reasons for encounter (comp. 6) and diseases (comp. 7).
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