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Understanding ICD-11 in relation to Addictive Disorders and Substance Abuse

Professor John B Saunders, consultant physician at South Pacific Private and addiction specialist, has kindly provided a video summation of ICD-11 and its release in June 2018 for those interested in its application and impact. In this brief presentation he reviews and summarises the main diagnoses that are included in ICD 11 from the substance and addictive disorders perspective.

As you may be aware, the ICD is the foundation for identifying health trends and statistics worldwide and contains around 55 000 unique codes for injuries, diseases and causes of death. It provides a common language that allows health professionals to share health information across the globe. Most of the initial news coverage of the ICD-11‘s release focused on its inclusion of gaming disorder, which it characterises as involving “a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour (‘digital gaming’ or ‘video-gaming’).” However, many other significant changes to the mental disorders section of ICD-11 have occurred and Professor Saunders shares insights in this summation.

Professor Saunder’s involvement in the development of the international classification system extends from the 1980s. Over 25 years have passed since ICD 10 was published (in which he was also involved) which makes the revision to ICD-11 significant.

This video shares insights and information specific to the newest release and will support those looking for more understanding and insight into the classification as it relates to addictive disorders. Please find the video below or click on this link.