What are the Read Codes?

Health Libr Rev. 1994 Sep;11(3):177-82. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2532.1994.1130177.x.


The Read Codes were initially developed by a general practitioner, Dr James Read from Loughborough, in the early 1980s and rapidly gained acceptance by general practitioners as a popular and useful mechanism for storing structured information about patients in individual, patient-based records, which were beginning to become popular in a few general practices at the time. This short article aims to explain the past and future development of the coding system in the National Health Service as a whole.

MeSH terms

  • Abstracting and Indexing / classification*
  • Copyright
  • Disease / classification
  • Family Practice / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized / classification*
  • Reference Books
  • Software / standards
  • State Medicine / organization & administration
  • State Medicine / trends
  • United Kingdom