ICPC = International Classification of Primary Care is simple and practice-oriented. There are only about 300 diagnoses and 100 symptomes with prevelence over 1%.
ICPC can deal with the episode of care. This means, that a health problem can be reproduced withe several codes. For example: Tiredness (A04) –> Blood-Check (B35) –> Anamia (B80)–> coloskopy –> Cancer of the colon (D75) , can be one unique episode of care.
ICPC-2 has a bi-axiale architecture. Every code is formed by
- a letter, indicating the chapter
- two figures – from 01 to 99 for the problems / diagnosis in the spezified chapter