Clinical Item Topics

Communicare uses topics to organise clinical items into health or medically related categories.

All clinical items must have an associated topic. Clinicians can organise documents into suitable topics if they are flagged as being a 'document' topic.

A topic is analogous with ICPC2-Plus chapters.

The following are example topics:
  • Blood, Blood form Organs & Immune Mechanism
  • Cardiovascular
  • Digestive
  • Ear
  • Endocrine, Metabolic and Nutritional
  • etc.

Maintaining local topics

To maintain local topics:
  1. Select File > Reference Tables > Clinical Item Topics.
  2. To work with a particular topic, double-click it in the Topic list.
  3. To add a picture for the topic to the 'Picture' tab of the Clinical Terms Browser, double-click in the 'Picture' field and select the image that you want to upload. The image must in the format bmp, ico, emf or wmf and be no larger than 60x60 pixels. You must also add images for related Clinical Item Types.
  4. If the topic is suitable for adding documents, set 'Allows document assignment'.
  5. Click 'Save'.


Clinical Item Topics are listed in the Clinical Terms Browser on the 'Topic' tab.

If an image has been added for both Clinical Item Topics and Clinical Item Types, the topic is displayed in the left pane.

Colour Coding

  • Black - ICPC-2 PLUS terms
  • Blue - other items distributed by Communicare
  • Purple - local terms