Amendments to the WHO Guide to Mental and Neurological Health in Primary Care website

From Suzy Chapman

04 August 2009

Amendments to the WHO Guide to Mental and Neurological Health in Primary Care website

For some time now, significant errors in WHO ICD codings have stood on the website for the WHO Guide to Mental and Neurological Health in Primary Care:

http://www.mentalneurologicalprimarycare.org/

On 17 July 2009, I wrote to Professor Rachel Jenkins, Director, WHO Collaborating Centre, Institute of Psychiatry and requested that this matter be given urgent attention.

I advised Professor Jenkins that on the webpage at:

http://www.mentalneurologicalprimarycare.org/content_show.asp?c=16&fid=1252&fc=011065

“Unexplained medical symptoms (including chronic fatigue)”

“Unexplained medical symptoms – F45.0 including chronic fatigue – G48.0”

that where the webpage said “including chronic fatigue – G48.0” this still needed correcting to read “F48.0” not “G48.0” (as it had been amended to read, earlier this year).

Additionally, Professor Jenkins was advised that there were errors in two associated download files at:

http://www.mentalneurologicalprimarycare.org/downloads.asp

http://www.mentalneurologicalprimarycare.org/downloads/primary_care/Unexplained_medical_symptoms.rtf
http://www.mentalneurologicalprimarycare.org/downloads/primary_care/Unexplained_medical_symptoms.pdf

“Unexplained medical symptoms (including chronic fatigue)”

“Unexplained medical symptoms – F45.0 including chronic fatigue – G93.3”

where the two download files said “including chronic fatigue – G93.3”

this needed correcting to read “including chronic fatigue – F48.0”

Action for M.E. and the ME Association were sent a copy of my correspondence with Professor Jenkins.

I am pleased to confirm that this request for corrections has now been effected and that the webpage and the two files on the download page have all been amended to read “F48.0” .

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“Chronic fatigue syndrome” is indexed at G93.3 in the WHO International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th Revision Version for 2006, Volume 3 Alphabetical Index.

The code G93.3 is classified in Chapter VI of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems 10th Revision (ICD-10) Version for 2007 under

Diseases of the nervous system (G00-G99)
Other disorders of the nervous system (G90-99)

http://apps.who.int/classifications/apps/icd/icd10online/?gg90.htm+g933

 

The “F” codes are classified in ICD-10 Chapter V: Mental and behavioural disorders under

Mental and behavioural disorders (F00-F99)
Neurotic, stress-related and somatoform disorders (F40-F48)

http://apps.who.int/classifications/apps/icd/icd10online/index.htm?gF40.htm+F454

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Suzy Chapman
04.08.09
https://meagenda.wordpress.com

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