ICPC - International Classification of Primary Care


International Classification of Primary Care

The Classification Internationale des Soins Primaires (CISP) is the French version of the International Classification of Primary Care (ICPC), developed by the International Organization of General Practitioners (WONCA). It belongs to the family of classifications of the World Health Organization (WHO) classification as associated with the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). It is included in the Metathesaurus of the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS), developed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) U.S..

Since creating the first version of ICPC (ICPC-1) in 1987, it has been translated into over twenty languages. It was published in French in its first version (PSTC-1) in 1992, then in its second edition (ICPC-2) in 2000. It is also available in electronic format (ICPC-2-E), allowing its integration into electronic medical records, subject to obtaining a license.


It used to classify and encode three components of general practice or primary care more generally. These are the reasons for encounter (from the perspective of the patient), the assessments made by the health professional (health diagnosis) and care procedures (performed or scheduled). Bringing these elements can reconstruct episodes of care, making it fully compatible with the ICPC referral by medical problems.


ICPC is a biaxial classification, the first axis is composed of 17 chapters, each designating a device body (including chapters psychological and social) and the second axis of seven components (symptoms and complaints, diagnostic and preventive procedures, therapeutic procedures , results of investigations, administrative procedures, references and contact patterns, diagnoses and diseases). Each section is associated a code comprising three alphanumeric characters, including a letter designating the chapter followed by two digits specifying the topic. ICPC-2 includes 687 items without procedures (parts 1 and 7 only), most often with inclusion and exclusion, and correspondence with the list of ICD-10.


It was originally developed for the manual collection and analysis of epidemiological data in general practice consultation. Under the computerized medical record, it can be used with systems of decision support (diagnostic or therapeutic), quality assurance of care, epidemiological surveillance, and scientific research in primary care. Its limited level of granularity has led to the development of extended versions, including an interface terminology as a thesaurus or a classification. There is usually a correlation between those specific terminology systems of general practice and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10), a prerequisite for the exchange or sharing data with physicians in other specialties.

Dr. Lawrence Letrilliart - WIKIPEDIA 2006

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