ICD-11 Field Testing: Please Help by September 15

Aug 29, 2017

Chronic pain affects an estimated 20 percent of people worldwide and accounts for nearly one-fifth of physician visits. One way to ensure that chronic pain receives greater attention as a global health priority is to improve the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) diagnostic classification.

In response to this need, IASP created an international task force of pain experts that, in close cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO), has developed a proposal for a systematic and pragmatic classification of chronic pain. The goal is to create a classification system for the upcoming 11th revision of the ICD that is equally useful in primary care and specialized pain management settings.

We need your help! An important component in the submission of the chronic pain classification to WHO is field testing data. Your participation will help ensure the inclusion of the classification proposal in ICD-11, which will contribute to the improvement of the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain.

What is the field testing?

The IASP task force cooperates closely with the WHO for the field testing. The study consists of two parts: line coding and case coding. You will receive more detailed information on each part once you have registered for participation. The study will be implemented on the ICD-FiT, the WHO study platform for all ICD-11 field studies.

Before you begin with line coding and case coding, you will be able to access an online training course, which will introduce you to the new classification (20–30 minutes). Upon completion of the training and the corresponding knowledge test, you can continue with line coding and case coding. Line coding and case coding will take about 1.5 hours in total and does not have to be completed in one sitting. You will also receive a user manual guiding you through the ICD-FiT as well as the ICD-11 Browser. 

How to participate:

  1. Sign up to participate using the online form. 
  2. You will receive two emails within a few days: a link to register in the ICD-FiT and a welcome email with detailed instructions on how to proceed, the user manual for the ICD-FiT, and the link to the online training
  3. After registration in the ICD-FiT, the study coordinator is going to allot cases to you; this may take a couple of days
  4. Once you have completed the field testing, you will receive an IASP certificate

If you have any questions regarding the field testing, please contact the study coordinators.

Thank you for your time and effort!