International Classification of Primary Care, Second edition PLUS
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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).
Source and reference attributes
ICPC, first released in 1987, was designed for the classification of patients' reasons for encounter, health problems and processes of care in paper-based records. With the increasing use of computerised medical records in the 1990s the Family Medicine Research Centre (FMRC) recognised the need for an acceptable and usable terminology for general practice computerised clinical systems. The FMRC designed an Australian general practice terminology, classified to ICPC, based on terms recorded in over one million general practice encounter records. The terminology was released in 1995 and called ICPC PLUS.
|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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