CiPCA Database

The Consultations in Primary Care Archive (CiPCA) is a database of anonymised medical record data from a subset of general practices in North Staffordshire, UK.

The practices have a research agreement with Keele University (Research Institute for Primary Care & Health Sciences) and code clinical activity to a high standard having followed the Keele consultation data audit, training and validation programme.1 The quality of the data is comparable to, or better than, that of larger national general practice databases,2 and has produced comparable prevalences for musculoskeletal conditions as international databases.3

These practices’ routinely recorded data continues to be regularly audited by the CiPCA data manager within the Institute. Subject to ethical approval, anonymised medical record data from these practices will continue to be downloaded on an annual basis. Data is currently held from the year 2000 onwards. The database contains a range of primary care medical record data (consultations, prescriptions, investigations, referrals), and patients can be identified and tracked over time through a unique pseudo-anonymised ID number.

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

  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.