The International Classification of Primary Care (ICPC-2): an essential tool in the EPR of the GP

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2006:124:809-14.


The International Classification of Primary Care (ICPC) has become a standard all over the world. It became a standard tool to classify the important elements in the Electronic Patient Record (EPR) of the GP: reasons for encounter (RFE) reflecting the patient's view, process of care (decision, action, intervention or plans) reflecting the care process, and the assessment (diagnosis or health issue) reflecting the doctor's view. ICPC-2 is fully compatible with structuring data in the episode of care model and it's reflecting the essential elements of each patient/provider encounter. To implement ICPC-2 in the EPR a Thesaurus has been developed in Belgium with double encoded clinical labels. The implementation is now mandatory for labeled EPR systems in Belgium. The use of ICPC 2 ay improve the accessibility and use of on-line Expert systems and Guidelines.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Belgium
  • Family Practice*
  • Internationality
  • Medical Informatics
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized*
  • Primary Health Care / classification*
  • Vocabulary, Controlled