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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Enhancing the ICD System in Recording Alcohol's Involvement in Disease and Injury

Among the tasks facing those who code alcohol-related disorders in an international classification of disease are an examination of the multiple places in which the involvement of alcohol and other psychoactive substances (and their associated disorders) are captured and finding out how this can be optimized for clinical and epidemiological purposes.

It is important to adjust the current coding system so that the involvement of alcohol in injuries is routinely recorded.

The suggestions by Touquet and Harris (2012) for enhancing the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) system are valuable input for this process, pointing to the importance of codes that can be used in the emergency-department environment both for capturing alcohol's involvement and to point to the necessary therapeutic response.

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