The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has been offered the opportunity to develop a pediatric Topic Advisory Group (TAG) in support of the development of the 11th revision of International Classification of Diseases (ICD) nomenclature.

ICD is the global standard to report and categorize diseases, health-related conditions, and external causes of disease and injury. It is used to compile useful health information related to deaths, illness, and injury (mortality and morbidity). The design of the ICD has a direct effect on health care in that it influences public health programs, prevention, payment, and treatment. Countries use it to compile basic health statistics and monitor health spending. To compare findings among countries, a common standard is needed. Emerging diseases and scientific developments, advances in service delivery, and changes in health information systems require a revision of ICD. A recognized major need is to improve the diagnostic relevance of ICD in...

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