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The Ministry of Health of Ukraine invites the Ukrainian medical community to discuss ICD 11

21 June 2018

On June 18, 2018 the World Health Organization (WHO) released its new International Classification of Diseases – ICD-11, which contains around 55 000 unique codes for injuries, diseases and causes of death. ICD-11 will be presented at the World Health Assembly in May 2019 for adoption by Member States. Therefore, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine invites the Ukrainian medical community to participate in a discussion of the implementation of the new ICD-11and all changes that may determine the future of the Ukrainian healthcare.

ICD-11 includes new chapters and reflects progress in medicine and advances in scientific understanding, in particular:

  • Gaming disorder has been added to the section on addictive disorders. Gaming disorder is defined in ICD-11 as a pattern of gaming behavior, namely “digital-gaming” or “video-gaming”. For gaming disorder to be diagnosed, the behavior pattern must be of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning and would normally have been evident for at least 12 months.
  • Stroke has been classified as a brain disease, not a disease of the circulatory system.
  • New chapter on sexual health has been added to bring together conditions that were previously categorized in other ways or described differently.
  • Experts have reconsidered the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnostic criteria, which should result in the reduction of PTSD diagnoses.
  • Allergies are now grouped under the diseases of the immune system to better understand the circumstances of a person's reaction.
  • The chapter on traditional medicine has been introduced. Although millions of people use traditional medicine worldwide, it has never been classified in ICD. Traditional medicine has historical usage patterns established by treating people through the centuries and is commonly used in China, Japan, Korea and other countries today.
  • The codes relating to antimicrobial resistance have been brought in line with the Global Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (GLASS).

The 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (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.

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The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is the basis for identification of health trends and statistics globally and the international standard for reporting diseases and health conditions. It is used by health insurers, healthcare professionals and managers, data collection specialists and others who track progress in global health and determine the allocation of health resources. In addition, it provides a common language that allows health professionals to share health information across the globe.

ICD-11 has been in the making over a decade, and there has been unprecedented involvement of health care workers who have joined collaborative meetings and submitted proposals.

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