CiPCA Database

The Consultations in Primary Care Archive (CiPCA) is a database of pseudonymised electronic health record primary care data from a subset of general practices in North Staffordshire, UK.

These practices have a research agreement with Keele University (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences) and code clinical activity to a high standard having followed our consultation data audit, training, and validation programme.1 CiPCA has produced comparable prevalence estimates for musculoskeletal conditions as national and international databases.2,3

A range of research projects and publications have used CiPCA. Please explore the Publications section for further details.

CiPCA has ethical approval as a research database from North West Haydock Research Ethics Committee (ref 17/NW/0232).

  1. Porcheret M, Hughes R, Evans D, Jordan K, Whitehurst T, Ogden H, Croft P on behalf of the North Staffordshire General Practice Research Network. Data quality of general practice electronic health records: the impact of a program of assessments, feedback and training. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 2004;11:78-86.
  2. Jordan K, Clarke AM, Symmons DPM, Fleming D, Porcheret M, Kadam UT, Croft P. Measuring disease prevalence: a comparison of musculoskeletal disease using four general practice consultation databases. British Journal of General Practice, 2007;57:7-14.
  3. Jordan KP, Jöud A, Bergknut C, Croft P, Edwards JJ, Peat G, Petersson IF, Turkiewicz A, Wilkie R, Englund M. International comparisons of the prevalence of health care for musculoskeletal disorders using population-based health care data from England and Sweden, Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 2014;73:1:212-218.