Coding and Nomenclatures: A Snapshot from Around the World

Rob Wilson, Ian Purves

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This paper describes a preparatory phase of the American Medical Informatics Association Family Practice Primary Care Working Group's Standards in Primary Care Conference in New Orleans in 1995: an attempt to gather information using the Internet as the primary research tool. The initial phase was carried out from October to December 1995 and results continue to be gathered at the Sowerby Unit Web site.

The survey findings demonstrate the diversity of coding and nomenclature systems around the world and the variations within those systems, especially the International Classification of Primary Care (ICPC). This is partly a reflection of the marked differences among countries in the provision of health care and the resulting differences in information requirements. The consequences for the comparability of statistics derived from these coding systems are evident.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMoving Toward International Standards in Primary Care Informatics: Clinical Vocabulary.
PublisherAmerican Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


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