New Iteration of International Classification Of Diseases Represents ‘Step Forward For Health Worldwide’

The Lancet: ICD-11
Editorial Board

“The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is a health statistics coding tool that aims to describe an entity that is challenging to quantify and even more problematic to standardize — the human condition. … 55,000 unique codes for injuries, diseases, and causes of death are included … ICD-11 has an improved ability to code for the quality and safety of health care and highlights the role of external factors that directly and indirectly contribute to people’s health, such as insufficient social welfare support. Overall, this revision is a huge step forward for health worldwide. The fully electronic nature of ICD-11 will assist implementation, reduce errors in diagnosis, and make it more adaptable for local country contexts. The common language of health and medicine is now more fit-for purpose than it has ever been” (6/8).