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ICD-11 and ICF workshop in Brussels

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SIP partners present policy recommendations for the German EU presidency 2020

Following the adoption of the World Health Organisation (WHO) 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) by the World Health Assembly (WHA) in 25 May 2019 the SIP partners identified the challenge to ensure ICD-11 successful policy roll-out across WHO member states.

Therefore the SIP partners organised a workshop “Health data standardisation workshop: looking at the implementation of ICD-11 and ICF” prior to the SIP 2019 Symposium on November 6. The facilities for this meeting have been kindly provided by the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union. About 60 high level scientific experts, policy makers, health authorities and patient representatives discussed recommendations to the German government as it will be in charge of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2020.

The outcomes of the discussions were presented at the SIP symposium on November 7 by the former IASP president Prof. Rolf-Detlef Treede. The recommendation document will now be submitted to the German Ministry of Health.

Presented at the SIP 2019 Symposium, the recommendations bringing forward the roll out of the combined use of ICD-11 and International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), with a specific focus on pain in health policies. Specific recommendations are:

1. Make chronic pain management a European public health priority using WHO’s classifications ICD-11 and ICF

Call upon the European Commission to:

  • Propose a roadmap for the implementation of ICD-11 and ICF with chronic pain as a transdiagnostic and self-contained topic for pilot projects with scientific monitoring.

Call upon member states to:

  • Implement ICD-11 for morbidity coding.
  • Implement ICF for coding functioning and enable social participation.

2. Make ICD-11 and ICF digitally usable for the management of chronic pain in national and cross-border healthcare 

Call upon the European Commission to:

  • Leverage ICD-11 and ICF towards chronic pain data standardisation for data exchange in cross-border healthcare
  • Support computer simulation of the societal impact of the transition from ICD-10 to ICD-11/ICF (in silico public health research)

3. Use ICD-11 and ICF to identify barriers to social inclusion of people living with chronic pain

Call upon the European Commission to:

  • Support member states to identify and coordinate best practices on tackling social inclusion by implementing ICD-11 and ICF in chronic pain management

Call upon member states to:

  • Use ICD-11 and ICF to identify barriers to social inclusion of people living with chronic pain
  • Use ICD-11 and ICF to inform national pain plans for the promotion of social inclusion

4. Involve all relevant stakeholders in the implementation of ICD-11 and ICF 

Call upon the European Commission to:

  • Raise awareness among stakeholders, such as healthcare professionals, researchers, insurers, patients and civil society, about the utility of ICD-11 and ICF for improving chronic pain management.
  • Foster an integrated and evidence-based approach to chronic pain management that involves relevant specialists of diverse disciplines.
  • Raise awareness among digital health stakeholders, such as insurers and IT providers about the health data standardization opportunities of ICD-11 and ICF.
  • Ensure that all relevant stakeholders are directly involved in the implementation of ICD-11 and ICF for improving chronic pain management.

 

You can find more information about ICF here and about ICD-11 here.

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