3 years ago

What can we learn in drug allergy management from World Health Organization's International Classifications?

Luciana Kase Tanno, Mariana Castells, Pascal Demoly, Maria Jose Torres,
Drug hypersensitivity reactions (DHRs) represent growing health problem worldwide, affecting more than 7% of the general population and represent an important public health problem. However, knowledge in DHRs morbidity and mortality epidemiological data is still not optimal and international comparable standards remain poorly accessed. Institutional databases worldwide increasingly use the WHO International Classification of Diseases (ICD) system to classify diagnoses, health services utilization and death data. The misclassification of disorders in the ICD system contributes to a lack of ascertainment and recognition of their importance for healthcare planning and resource allocation. It also hampers clinical practice and prevention actions. To further inform the allergy community and to ensure that the revision process is transparent as advised in the WHO ICD-11 revision agenda, we report the advances and use of the pioneering “Drug hypersensitivity” subsection of ICD-11 and implementation in the WHO International Classification of Health Interventions (ICHI). The new classification addressed to DHRs will enable the collection of more accurate epidemiological data to support quality management of patients with drug allergies, and better facilitate health care planning and decision-making and public health measures to prevent and reduce the morbidity and mortality attributable to DHRs. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1111/all.13335

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