A Terminology in General Practice/Family Medicine to Represent Non-Clinical Aspects for Various Usages: The Q-Codes

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2017;235:471-475.


The hereby proposed terminology called "Q-Codes" can be defined as an extension of the International Classification of Primary Care (ICPC-2). It deals with non-clinical concepts that are relevant in General Practice/Family Medicine (GP/FM). This terminology is a good way to put an emphasis on underestimated topics such as Teaching, Patient issues or Ethics. It aims at indexing GP/FM documents such as congress abstracts and theses to get a more comprehensive view about the GP/FM domain. The 182 identified Q-Codes have been very precisely defined by a college of experts (physicians and terminologists) from twelve countries. The result is available on the Health Terminology/Ontology Portal (http://www.hetop.org/Q) and formatted in OWL-2 for further semantic considerations and will be used to index the 2016 WONCA World congress communications.

Keywords: ICPC; Q-Codes; abstracts; categorization; controlled vocabulary; family medicine; general practice; qualitative analysis.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Coding*
  • Family Practice*
  • General Practice*
  • Humans
  • Terminology as Topic*