This new edition of WHO's International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10) has been fully updated for the second time. Originally published in the early 1990s, ICD-10 now incorporates all edits and updates since 1996 up to the end of 2008. In addition, the numbering system has changed and now clearly indicates the year that the updates were incorporated.
In 2000, WHO formed an international panel to review and collate all adjustments to the ICD-10 proposed by many institutions around the world. Panel members consult several times a year and this definitive 2008 edition of ICD-10 is the result of their work.
Fifteen years of daily international use of the classification have resulted in many improvements, and these have been incorporated into Volume 1: the index, rules and guidelines. As a result, the classification is now easier to use and implement, accomodates new scientific knowledge, makes it easier to understand health statistics and improves comparability of international mortality statistics. The thousands of changes that have been introduced are based on about 400 recommendations for Volume 1, 90 recommendations for Volume 2, and more than 700 recommendations for Volume 3. They are the product of a continuous international collaboration.
The ICD is the international standard diagnostic classification for all general epidemiological purposes, many health management purposes and clinical use. These include analysis of the general health situation of population groups and monitoring the incidence and prevalence of diseases, as well as other health problems with respect to variables such as the characteristics and circumstances of the individuals affected, reimbursement, case-mix, resource allocation, quality, patient safety, and guidelines.
ICD is used for health information purposes in public health, primary, secondary and tertiary care settings. In particular, it is used to classify diseases, accidents, reasons for encounter, and other health problems recorded on many types of health and vital records including death certificates and health records. In addition to facilitating the storage and retrieval of diagnostic information for clinical, epidemiological and quality purposes, the resulting records form the basis for compiling national mortality and morbidity statistics by WHO Member States. ICD serves a language-independent framework for classification of diseases and has been translated into more than 40 languages.
Included in this set:
Volume 1: Tabular List, 1200 pp
Volume 2: Instruction Manual, 190 pp
Volume 3, Alphabetical Index, 900 pp