Diseases, Coded & Classified

Disease data reporting has come a long way since 16th century London’s weekly Bills of Mortality. Now we have the WHO’s International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, providing a common vocabulary to record and report causes of disease and death—and guide all-important spending decisions.

The newly updated ICD-11 will be presented to next year’s World Health Assembly for adoption by countries. 


  • Gender incongruence has moved out of mental disorders and into sexual health conditions.
  • Stroke is now classified as a neurological, rather than circulatory, disease.
  • Gaming will be classified as an addictive behavior disorder (see our summary below for an up-close look).


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