Development and testing of a hierarchical method to code the reason for admission to intensive care units: the ICNARC Coding Method. Intensive Care National Audit & Research Centre.

@article{Young2001DevelopmentAT,
  title={Development and testing of a hierarchical method to code the reason for admission to intensive care units: the ICNARC Coding Method. Intensive Care National Audit & Research Centre.},
  author={J Duncan Young and Caroline H. Goldfrad and Kathy Rowan},
  journal={British journal of anaesthesia},
  year={2001},
  volume={87 4},
  pages={
          543-8
        }
}
A computer-based hierarchical method was developed to code conditions leading to admission to intensive care in the UK. The hierarchy had five tiers: surgical status, body system, anatomical site, physiological or pathological process and medical condition. The hierarchy was populated initially using the free-text descriptions of the reason for admission from 10,806 admissions recorded as part of the Intensive Care Society's UK APACHE II study. After refinement and error-checking, a prospective… CONTINUE READING

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