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INT- International Classification of Diseases and Injuries: Improved Tool for Assessing the Causes of Injuries

The World Health Organization launches the eleventh edition of the International Classification of Diseases and Injuries (ICD-11). A version of ICD-11 was released on 18 June 2018 to allow Member States to prepare for implementation, including translating ICD into their national languages. ICD-11 will be submitted to the 144th Executive Board Meeting in January 2019 and the Seventy-second World Health Assembly in May 2019 and, following endorsement, Member States will start reporting using ICD-11 on 1 January 2022.

The injury-section within ICD-11 is presented in a multi-axial framework and designed to allow several codes to be combined to describe injury cases.

ICD has been reviewed to accommodate for the needs of multiple use cases and users in recording, reporting, and analysis of health information. ICD-11 comes with improved usability, updated scientific content,  enables coding of all clinical detail, linked to relevant other classifications and terminologies and with full multilingual support (translations and outputs).

The first international classification edition, known as the International List of Causes of Death, was adopted by the International Statistical Institute in 1893. WHO was entrusted with the ICD at its creation in 1948 and published the 6th version, ICD-6, that incorporated morbidity for the first time. The WHO Nomenclature Regulations, adopted in 1967, stipulated that Member States use the most current ICD revision for mortality and morbidity statistics. The ICD has been revised and published in a series of editions to reflect advances in health and medical science over time.  ICD-10 was endorsed in May 1990 by the Forty-third World Health Assembly. It is cited in more than 20,000 scientific articles and used by more than 100 countries around the world.

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