Developing a standard dataset for the NHSBMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7010.951 (Published 07 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:951
- Paul Bradley
- General practitioner Lache Health Centre, Chester CH4 8HX
Read codes' primary use is clinical
EDITOR,--N Smith and colleagues identify imperfections in the Read codes.1 They do not, however, give due consideration to the fact that the codes were developed primarily as a means of entering clinical data into a computer in general practice, facilitating the development of an electronic record of certain aspects of patients' care. The codes were not developed as a tool for delivering health care information to central, academic, public health, or managerial bodies.
The codes have been used successfully …