World Health Organization Releases Disease Classification

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The new International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) was released today by the World Health Organization (WHO). The ICD identifies health trends and statistics worldwide and contains about 55,000 unique codes used by the medical profession and health insurance companies for injuries, diseases, and causes of death in a common language that allows the information to be shared globally.

ICD-11 has been in the works for more than 10 years, and about 10,000 proposals for revisions were considered, according to the WHO. For the first time, this latest version, which will be presented at the World Health Assembly in May 2019 and will go into effect on January 1, 2022, will be user-friendly and completely electronic.

The ICD-11 includes a new chapter on traditional medicine, which has never been classified in this system despite being used by millions of people worldwide, and a section on sexual health that now includes conditions previously been categorized differently. For example, gender incongruence had been listed under mental health conditions, but is now under sexual health. Other changes include the addition of gaming disorder to the section on addictive disorders.

Sourced from: World Health Organization