The Q-Codes, a taxonomy complementary to ICPC



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 ( (free inscription) and formatted in OWL-2 for further semantic considerations and will be used to index the 2016 WONCA World congress communications. 


Q-Codes version 2.5 2016 are available in English - French - Dutch - Spanish - Portuguese - Vietnamese, Corean ad Turkish at 


ICPC-2 codes or Q-Codes, entered in the search facility of the server give acces each to an extended terminological record including an indicative bibliographyand PubMed access.


Please refer to for further explanation

Created 23/12/2016 - Last modified 19/02/2018