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Developing a standard dataset for the NHS

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 07 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:951
  1. Paul Bradley
  1. 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 …

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