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Health Libr Rev. 1994 Sep;11(3):177-82.

What are the Read Codes?

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Centre for Coding and Classification, Loughborough, England.


The Read Codes were initially developed by a general practitioner, Dr James Read from Loughborough, in the early 1980s and rapidly gained acceptance by general practitioners as a popular and useful mechanism for storing structured information about patients in individual, patient-based records, which were beginning to become popular in a few general practices at the time. This short article aims to explain the past and future development of the coding system in the National Health Service as a whole.

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