to promote the appropriate Classification for Primary Care: ICPC!

The acitivity of WICC is to show the advantage of ICPC for GP’s, to develop the code, make it even more appropriate, get and keep it interoperable with other classification and ordering systems. The means we use in order to accomplish this include

  • this website
  • the annual meetings of WICC
  • an active google group
  • research projects
  • developing ICPC-3 –> see consortium
  • helping countries to implement ICPC-2
  • joining other groups in the surrounding field of GP/Primary care
  • networking for ICPC

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The mission of the Wonca International Classification Committee is to develop and maintain classifications that accommodate the complete domain of family/general practice, and to ensure that these classifications are interoperable to the highest degree possible with standard international health care terminologies and classifications, in order to contribute to equitable quality health care worldwide.

From this mission statement, we derive the following primary GOALS:

  • To achieve widespread international use of ICPC
  • To maintain and revise ICPC to accommodate expanded health care knowledge
  • To develop productive working relationships with other international standards development organizations
  • To support the work of WICC and Wonca through licensing of ICPC

To create and disseminate additional classification tools as needed to capture and codify the complete domain of family/general practice

These goals lead to the following core OBJECTIVES for the work of WICC:

Stabilize ICPC-2 in electronic and print form (version control)

Reconcile and maintain maps between ICPC and ICD, ICPC and SNOMED

Complete licensing agreements for ICPC-2 in new countries, particularly developing areas

Identify a stable and sustainable Web-based host for ICPC-2

Develop a training program for ICPC

Create and maintain a professional Web presence for WICC

Promote additional translations of ICPC and other primary care classification tools

Create a “primary care classification package” of ICPC-plus-other terminologies built in to simple open-source health IT intended for use in developing areas

Build the conceptual foundation for ICPC-3 (the “primary care data model”)

Complete collaborative agreements with WHO and IHTSDO

Identify additional classification needs and develop new tools to fill those needs

Build capacity for data analysis and field trials within WICC or Wonca

Strengthen working relationships with Wonca Informatics Working Party

Create an international “Primary Care Classification Consortium” to organize and fund our activities