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Project steps

Step 1

As part of routine COPD review, identify and code correctly the patient’s MRC score.

Step 2

Refer patients with a score between 3-5 for pulmonary rehabilitation and code accordingly.
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  1. Not troubled by breathless except on strenuous exercise
  2. Short of breath when hurrying on a level or when walking up a slight hill
  3. Walks slower than most people on the level, stops after a mile or so, or stops after 15 minutes walking at own pace
  4. Stops for breath after walking 100 yards, or after a few minutes on level ground
  5. Too breathless to leave the house, or breathless when dressing/undressing
Code the patient's MRC score appropriately: MRC 1
  • Read code: 173H.
  • SNOMED code: 391120009
MRC 2
  • Read code: 173I.
  • SNOMED code: 391123006
MRC 3
  • Read code: 173J.
  • SNOMED code: 391124000
MRC 4
  • Read code: 173K.
  • SNOMED code: 391125004
MRC 5
  • Read code: 173L.
  • SNOMED code: 391126003
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  • Read code: 8H7u.
  • SNOMED code: 24461000000105
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Recording your progress

For every patient whose record you change, whether that's recording a patient's MRC score, or referring them to a pulmonary rehabilitation programme, be sure to record this in the 'Progress' section of the QI platform.
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Related Resources

QI Project Printable Instructions

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