WHO re­leases new In­ter­na­tional Clas­si­fi­ca­tion of Dis­eases

BioSpectrum (India) - - WHO NEWS -

The World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) is set to re­lease its new In­ter­na­tional Clas­si­fi­ca­tion of Dis­eases (ICD-11). The ICD is the foun­da­tion for iden­ti­fy­ing health trends and sta­tis­tics world­wide, and con­tains around 55 000 unique codes for in­juries, dis­eases and causes of death. It pro­vides a com­mon lan­guage that al­lows health pro­fes­sion­als to share health in­for­ma­tion across the globe. ICD-11, which has been over a decade in the mak­ing, pro­vides sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments on pre­vi­ous ver­sions. For the first time, it is com­pletely elec­tronic and has a much more user-friendly for­mat. And there has been un­prece­dented in­volve­ment of health care work­ers who have joined col­lab­o­ra­tive meet­ings and sub­mit­ted pro­pos­als. The ICD team in WHO head­quar­ters has re­ceived over 10000 pro­pos­als for re­vi­sions. ICD-11 will be pre­sented at the World Health As­sem­bly in May 2019 for adop­tion by Mem­ber States, and will come into ef­fect on 1 Jan­uary 2022. This re­lease is an ad­vance preview that will al­low coun­tries to plan how to use the new ver­sion, pre­pare trans­la­tions, and train health pro­fes­sion­als all over the coun­try.

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