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BMC Public Health

, 8:252

First Online: 22 July 2008Received: 01 February 2008Accepted: 22 July 2008DOI: 10.1186-1471-2458-8-252

Cite this article as: Reynolds, F. & Stanistreet, D.L. BMC Public Health 2008 8: 252. doi:10.1186-1471-2458-8-252

Abstract

BackgroundThe aim was to examine any differences in the way that Read codes are applied to the records for female patients with learning disabilities across three PCT areas. To ascertain the most commonly used read codes for learning disability.

MethodsThis was a retrospective cohort study carried out in Bury, Heywood-and-Middleton and Rochdale PCTs.

All women in the eligible age-group 25–64 as of the 1 June, 2005, who were in contact with the Learning Disabilities Teams in the relevant PCT areas were identified from the Teams- lists. The appropriate Read Codes were then used to identify women on GP systems. Patient data is stored on the GP database systems Vision, EMIS, EMIS PC4 and Torex and it was possible to search for patients with learning disabilities.

ResultsThe use of Read Codes varies across the three areas. The most commonly used Read codes were E3 Mental Retardation – 27%, PJ0. Down-s Syndrome – 14% and Eu81z Learning Disabilities – 8%. In 24% of the records a Read Code had not been documented.

ConclusionRead codes application varies between GP surgeries – dependent on PCT policy and the surgery-s approach and also as a result of staff time.

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Autor: Fiona Reynolds - Debbi L Stanistreet

Fuente: https://link.springer.com/







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