Meeting the requirements of specialists and generalists in Version 3 of the Read Codes: Two illustrative "Case Reports"

Fiona Sinclair, Erich Schulz, Colin Price

Abstract


The Read Codes have been recognised as the standard for General Practice computing since 1988 and the original 4-byte set continues to be extensively used to record primary health care data. Read Version 3 (the Read Thesaurus) is an expanded clinical vocabulary with an enhanced file structure designed to meet the detailed requirements of specialist practitioners and to address some of the limitations of previous versions. A recent phase of integration of the still widely-used 4-byte set has highlighted the need to ensure that the new Thesaurus continues to support generalist requirements.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14236/jhi.v6i2.208

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