WICC at Wonca world congress, Prague 2013


WICC members will manage several communication during the Wonca congress,  

A workshop about ICPC basic (see #), a workshop about ICPC3 (#), a workshop about ICPC/SNOMED-CT (#302), a poster about the new web site (# 335),another poster on ICPC minded e-learning (#755), two oral communication (about PERI # and ICE #), one oral communication about ECOGEN #, and  see here for the Quaternary Prevention communications (#298 & #336)


Workshop #

Introduction to ICPC – the International Classification of Primary Care.

DAY: Friday June 28, 2013
SESSION TIME: from 10:30 to 12:00

Mike Klinkman & all

First introduced in 1987, ICPC has become a standard classification tool to support primary health care in several countries, whether used alone or embedded in electronic health records.   Where used, ICPC has provided invaluable and previously unavailable data about the content and process of primary health care.   ICPC has three major strengths.  It includes components (reason for encounter, symptoms and complaints, social problems, and interventions) that reflect the core content of primary health care, it accommodates the episode of care data model, and its level of granularity is based on epidemiologic data from primary care practices worldwide and is optimal for data retrieval and analysis.


This workshop, led by experienced members of the Wonca International Classification Committee, is intended for those with little or no experience with ICPC but an interest in learning how to use it.  It will be organized into 2 parts.  The first part will provide an introduction to ICPC.  It will begin with a brief review of its original development, then continue with a description of the version in current use (ICPC-2), its links to other classification tools, and its current clinical and research use worldwide. 


In the second part, several WICC members will describe their current use of ICPC in diverse clinical and research settings around the world:  Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Malta, Norway, and Portugal, among others.   All presentations will focus on practical aspects of the use of ICPC, and we will leave ample time for questions and extended discussion among all participants.  


Workshop #

The Future of ICPC—the International Classification of Primary Care, version 3 (ICPC-3)

Saturday June 29 from 10:30 to 12:00.

Mike Klinkman & all

 In the 25 years since its introduction, ICPC has become a very important classification tool to support the work of family doctors worldwide.   ICPC is now embedded in electronic health records (EHRs) around the world and is increasingly linked to other standard classification and terminology tools.   We are now seeing that the content of primary health care is changing in many areas from acute care to chronic disease management, multimorbidity and management of risk factors for disease, and we need to update our tools to support this new work.   In response to these issues, the Wonca International Classification Committee (WICC) has begun a major revision of ICPC, working closely with other standards organizations to ensure that our tools remain compatible and interoperable.   


This workshop is intended for all who have an interest in the future of health information standards.  Several WICC members will present the current state of work in several areas:  

    • ICPC-3 core content:  making space for new conditions, addressing person-related information, patient goals and preferences, and expanding social and functional status content without making the classification too large for use.
    • Linking ICPC to other classification and terminology tools in EHRs through use of thesaurii and maps: the Belgian 3BT thesaurus and other examples.

Current collaboration with WHO and IHTSDO to harmonize the next generation of ICPC, ICD, and SNOMED-CT.

We will leave ample time for comment and extended discussion among all participants.   Our goal is to engage the primary care community to help us carry out this work.


Workshop # 302

The IHTSDO/Wonca Family/General Practice SNOMED CT RefSet and ICPC-2 mapping project

Dr Nick Booth, A/Prof Graeme Miller, Ms Julie O’Halloran

Objective: To provide a report to the Wonca community about the development of the Family/ General Practice Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine-Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT) reference set (RefSet), and a map from the RefSet to the International Classification of Primary Care, Version 2 (ICPC-2). The workshop will include a demonstration of the RefSet and map. Method. This workshop will provide a report on the collaborative approach being taken by the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO) and the World Organization of Family Doctors (Wonca) to facilitate the uptake and implementation of SNOMED CT together with the International Classification of Primary Care, Version 2 (ICPC-2) in general/family practice electronic health records. The workshop will include a brief background to the project, including the collaboration agreement between the IHTSDO and Wonca.

The methods used and progress made in the development of the SNOMED CT international general/family practice RefSet will be discussed. The RefSet will be presented to attendees, and its content and structure described and demonstrated. Issues identified during RefSet development will be discussed, including details about how issues were resolved by the Project Group.

The map from the general/family practice RefSet will be presented, and the mapping results demonstrated. Issues identified during map development, and their resolution, will be discussed with attendees.

Phase 3 of the project, which involves field testing of both the RefSet and map to
ICPC-2 will be outlined. Plans for implementing the RefSet and map will also be discussed.


 Oral comm #

Studies on Person related information (PERI)



Oral comm #

Ideas Concerns and Expectations (ICE) behind the reasons for encounter.



Oral comm #

The Ecogen study: accessing to the black box of French general practice

Poster #335

A new website for the Wonca International Classification Committee www.ph3c.org

Wonca world congress poster# 335. Prague 2013. Submitted abstract 

Marc Jamoulle, Gustavo Gusso, Sebastian Juncosa, Erik Falcoe, Nicola Buono, Christian Simon , editors, on behalf of the WICC


The WICC, Wonca International Classification Committee, has produced several tools since 1972. Now in its 40’ the WICC has launched a new website for internal communication and diffusion of the methodology and tools it has developed along the years. This has been possible thanks to an unrestricted grand from the Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina de Família e Comunidade (http://www.sbmfc.org.br ). The website technical editor is the French society Silk Informatique (http://www.silk-info.com) which is also the voluntary editor of www.cispclub.org, the French speaking ICPC fan club.


The name of the website is an appeal to collaboration to other Wonca groups which are involved in methodological issues or are using WICC tools. The Primary Health Care Classification Consortium of which the initials are PHC3 has been launched to support the missions of the WICC.


The website main parts are dedicated to the International Classification of Primary Care (ICPC), its aim, story, use, training sites, links, bibliography and corresponding fan clubs and research centers. The other tools developed by the WICC such us Dusoi Wonca, COOP Wonca charts and Wonca Dictionary of General/Family Practice are also available as well as a rubric about Quaternary Prevention. The ICPC is regularly updated and information is available through reference publications or linked to the classification domain.


A reserved access of the website, available only for the 50 WICC members and observers, is used as repository for the working documents and as sharing point to prepare and develop the annual WICC meetings.


  poster # 755


“Learning the coding process”; ICPC minded Internet based e-learning program for Belgian GPs

Vinciane Bellefontaine, Marc Jamoulle, Diego Schrans, Christine Leyns, Luis Vargas, Jan De Maeseneer, Michel Roland.

The two Belgian societies of GP/FM, DOMUS MEDICA and SSMG, funded by the National Belgian insurer (INAMI), are running a common bilingual e-learning SOAP and ICPC minded program to teach the Belgian GPs the basis of the coding process in EMRs. The program is supervised by the departments of GP/FM of University of Ghent (Ugent) and of the Free University of Brussels (ULB)

The team, consisting of four GPs and one computer scientist, has designed an interactive e-learning program. The program runs on a free open source internet platform (DOKEOS) and is a mix of theoretical approach, case description, interactive coding on written vignettes and screen plays by hired actors.

The program contains 7 parts: Introduction/ From chaos to structure (EMR architecture) / From clinics to electronics (From written records to electronic ones) / A Common language (Terminological issues) / Information network (Belgian e-health) / Evaluation / Bibliography 

6 screen plays by actors and doctors are included together with interactive progressive coding exercises after a theoretical description of SOAP, episode and ICPC related knowledge.

The program is currently bilingual (French and Dutch) but the text files will be available on a Creative Common license and the DOKEOS platform is easy to manage. This opens the way to a multilingual ICPC minded international e-learning program.

Contact person: vincianebellefontaine[at]hotmail.com


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