HealthDay News — A new model for the classification of hypersensitivity/allergic diseases has been proposed ahead of the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), according to a paper published in Allergy.
Luciana Kase Tanno, MD, of the Hospital Sírio Libanês in Brazil, and colleagues revised the classification of hypersensitivity/allergic diseases ahead of ICD-11 and validated the revision by crowdsourcing. Gaps and trade-offs were identified after careful comparison between ICD-10 and ICD-11 beta phase linearization codes, allowing construction of a classification proposal.
Furthermore, the proposal was discussed at meetings with experts of European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) sections and interest groups and was presented in meetings during the 2014 EAACI annual congress. The result was construction of a high-level complex structure of classification of hypersensitivity/allergic diseases. The proposed model has been presented to the World Health Organization groups in charge of ICD revision.
“The global allergy community strongly believes that the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) offers a unique opportunity to improve the classification and coding of hypersensitivity/allergic diseases via inclusion of a specific chapter dedicated to this diseases area in order to facilitate epidemiological studies, as well as to evaluate the true size of the allergy epidemic,” wrote the investigators.