ICD-11: Recently processed proposals for Postviral fatigue syndrome, ME, CFS; Fatigue; and Bodily distress disorder

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ICD-11 endorsement

Next month, the World Health Organization (WHO) intends to present a stable version of ICD-11 to the 72nd World Health Assembly for member state endorsement.

The WHO Executive Board will submit a Resolution for adoption of what it describes as a “preparation for implementation” version of the ICD-11 Mortality and Morbidity Statistics (ICD-11 MMS).

 

#WHA72 Geneva May 22–28, 2019 

Website: SEVENTY-SECOND WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY

Two key documents:

Provisional Agenda Item 12.7 (A72/29): ICD-11 Report by the Director-General

(A72/29 Add.1): Draft Resolution for adoption of ICD-11

 

If adopted, endorsement would not come into effect until 1 January 2022.

After that date, member states can begin reporting data using the ICD-11 code sets when their countries have prepared their health systems for transition and implemented the new edition.

There is no mandatory date by which member states must migrate to the new edition and for a period of time, data will be collected and aggregated using both ICD-10 and ICD-11. It’s anticipated that even the earliest implementers will take several years to prepare their countries for transition.

 

Update and revision

Once endorsed, ICD-11 will be subject to an annual update and revision process, as ICD-10 has been.

Minor changes to content can be considered for incorporation on an annual basis. Major changes would be considered for incorporation on a 5 yearly update cycle.

Responsibility for reviewing and processing proposals now lies with the Medical Scientific Advisory Committee (MSAC) and the Classifications and Statistics Advisory Commitee (CSAC), which takes over from the ICD-10 Update and Revision Committee (URC). These committees are working through a backlog of proposals.

The ICD-11 Proposal Mechanism platform will remain online and open to stakeholders for new comments and new submissions for changes, additions and improvements. Submissions for changes will also be received from member states via the WHO-FIC Network.

[See ICD-11 Reference Guide: 3.8 Annex: ICD-11 Updating and Maintenance for information on the ICD-11 update and revision cycle and protocol for submission of new proposals.]

 

Recently processed proposals

Between February and April, this year, a number of proposals were processed.

These include proposals for Postviral fatigue syndrome, Benign myalgic encephalomyelitis and Chronic fatigue syndrome; proposals for Fatigue (was Malaise and fatigue in ICD-10); and proposals for Bodily distress disorder.

Proposals submitted before March 30, 2017 were supposed to have been reviewed before the end of 2017 for consideration for potential inclusion in the initial release of the ICD-11 MMS — but many of these weren’t processed, despite having met the submission deadline.

Proposals relating to Postviral fatigue syndrome and its inclusion terms were in any case put on hold while an evidence review was undertaken. This review was not completed until late 2018.

This batch of recently processed proposals includes proposals submitted by Suzy Chapman (since 2014); by Suzy Chapman and Mary Dimmock (March 2017); and by Lily Chu MD on behalf of the IACFS/ME (March 2017).

The proposal submitted by the WHO’s Dr Tarun Dua, in November 2017, to delete Postviral fatigue syndrome from the Diseases of the nervous system chapter and reclassify ME/CFS [sic] in the Symptoms, signs chapter as a child under Symptoms, signs or clinical findings of the musculoskeletal system was processed in November 2018.

The WHO rightly rejected Dr Dua’s proposal, in a decision supported by the MSAC and CSAC Committees.

 

Status of processed proposals at April 15, 2019:

In order to access the ICD-11 Proposal Mechanism registration with the platform is required and the platform is clunky to navigate.

For ease of access, I have created a table which sets out the outcome of these processed proposals for Postviral fatigue syndrome, Benign myalgic encephalomyelitis and Chronic fatigue syndrome; Fatigue; and Bodily distress disorder.

(If you already have v1 or v2 of this document, please replace with v3 below, as this document has been updated to include the approval of an exclusion for PVFS under Fatigue.)

Download PDF Table: Recently processed ICD-11 proposals v3

Extract:

 

 

ICD-11 for Mortality and Morbidity Statistics (Version : 04 / 2019) version for preparing for implementation as it currently stands:

08 Diseases of the nervous system

8E49 Postviral fatigue syndrome

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Australia: Potential adoption of ICD-11: Pre-consultation for decision makers

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After 11 years in development, the World Health Organization (WHO) released an advance “preview” version of ICD-11 in June 2018 to enable member states and other stakeholders to evaluate the new edition and start the process of planning for potential adoption and implementation.

This “preview” release was replaced with a slightly revised version in December 2018. In April 2019, another release was posted: ICD-11 for Mortality and Morbidity Statistics (Version : 04 / 2019)*

In May, this year, the WHO intends to present the ICD-11 MMS for endorsement at the 72nd World Health Assembly (Geneva, May 22–28, 2019).

If endorsed, the WHA’s endorsement would not take effect until January 2022. After this date, member states can begin using the new edition for reporting. It is anticipated that early implementers will take several years to prepare their countries for transition from ICD-10 to ICD-11.

Delaying the effective endorsement date to January 2022 also allows the WHO additional time for review and revision of implementation and end-user support materials, for preparation of ICD-11’s specialty versions and derivative publications, and to clear a backlog of unprocessed proposals.

England’s NHS Digital has yet to publish a timeline for evaluation and potential implementation of ICD-11.

*Note that the Blue ICD-11 MMS “Version for preparing implementation” does not include the same level of detail that the Orange “Maintenance Platform” contains.

 

Australia: Potential adoption of ICD-11: Pre-consultation for decision makers

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) is conducting a review of ICD-11 to inform and assist decision-makers about the new edition and its potential for adoption in Australia.

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Extracts:

The World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) is used to standardise the way we report causes of death across the world. Australia uses ICD-10 for coding mortality (cause of death) and ICD-10-AM for coding of diseases and related health problems in hospitals (morbidity). The WHO’s Eleventh Revision of ICD (ICD-11) brings the reporting of mortality and morbidity into one classification.

Countries have been given a version of ICD-11 to start looking at how it might be implemented for reporting. The WHO anticipates that ICD-11 will be presented to the World Health Assembly (the decision-making group of WHO) in May 2019 which will pave the way for countries to begin the adoption of ICD-11.

ICD-11 Review for Australia

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) is conducting a review of ICD-11 to inform and assist decision-makers about ICD-11 and its potential for adoption in Australia.

The AIHW is designated as the Australian Collaborating Centre (ACC) for the WHO’s Family of International Classifications. The membership of the ACC is Australian and New Zealand organisations that have an interest and experience in working with health classifications. The work of the ACC has contributed to the development of ICD-11.

Contribute to the Review

If you have comments about the potential adoption of ICD-11 in Australia please contact the AIHW project team: Email: who-fic-acc@aihw.gov.au

 

Pre-Consultation document

Extracts:

ICD-11 was released by the WHO in an advanced ‘preview’ version in June 2018 and is expected to be formally presented to the Seventy-second World Health Assembly in May 2019 for official endorsement by Member States.

If endorsed, ICD-11 will then be available for implementation by Member States and there is an expectation by the WHO that its Member States will take steps to begin using ICD-11 in some capacity, whether that be exclusively for mortality purposes or for more broader application in morbidity systems and beyond.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) is conducting a review of ICD-11 to inform and assist decision-makers about ICD-11 and its potential for adoption in Australia.

The aim of stakeholder consultation is to identify all issues relevant to a potential adoption of ICD-11 so that, if and when, Australia decides to adopt ICD-11 it can start to ready its relevant systems, processes and people for implementation in some capacity.

A decision to adopt and implement ICD-11 would require a detailed understanding of the stakeholders impacted, the resources needed, the time frames required, and the impact on existing workforces.

The WHO has ceased to update ICD-10 and this will, over time, result in ICD-10 and ICD-10-AM becoming out of date. However, a decision to adopt ICD-11 for use in Australia has not yet been made. A lot of research and consultation will need to be undertaken before such a decision could be made and this may take several years. In addition, it is anticipated that several years lead time will be required for implementation of ICD-11 once a decision is made to implement.

 

See full document for stakeholder questions for decision-makers.

Update on the removal of “neurasthenie” from SNOMED CT Netherlands Edition

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As reported in Post # 345, the SNOMED CT Concept SCTID: 192439005 Neurasthenia (disorder) and its associated SCTID Concept terms were retired (Inactivated) from SNOMED CT’s International Edition and from national editions some years ago.

However, the Netherlands Edition retained the term neurasthenie under the SCTID: 52702003 chronischevermoeidheidssyndroom (CVS) Synonyms list. The neurasthenie term was exclusive to the Netherlands Edition, was assigned to the SCTID: 52702003 CVS code, and designated as an “Acceptable” Synonym term for CVS in the Netherlands Dutch language reference set.

 

Screenshot: SNOMED CT Netherlands Edition release for September 30, 2018:

 

Screenshot: SNOMED CT Netherlands Edition release for September 30, 2018:

Details tab:

 

Request for removal of the neurasthenie term:

In October 2018, a Netherlands advocate approached Pim Volkert (Terminology Co-ordinator, Nictiz, and lead for the Netherlands SNOMED CT National Release Centre) with a request and rationale for consideration of removal of the neurasthenie term, for consistency with SNOMED CT International Edition and with the WHO’s ICD-10, which specifically excludes G93.3 from F48.0 Neurasthenia.

This request and accompanying rationale was considered and promptly accepted for implementation in the March 31, 2019 release of the Netherlands Edition.

This approved content change has now been incorporated into the March 2019 release:

 

Screenshot: SNOMED CT Netherlands Edition as it now stands:

 

 

A note about retired SCTID Concept terms and retired Synonyms in SNOMED CT International Edition and national editions:

The technical term for the retirement of a SNOMED CT SCTID Concept or Synonym term is “Inactivation”. In order to display Inactive concepts, go to:

https://browser.ihtsdotools.org/?

Accept the License Agreement, if displayed.

Select the specific edition required (eg the International Edition or one of the National Editions).

Look under Options on the left of the Search box.

Select:

“Status: Active and inactive concepts” from the Options dropdown.

Enter a search term into the Search box.

In the Matches list, Inactive concepts will display on a light pink ground.

Click on a term to display the historical Concept Details panel associated with that specific term (which will also display on a pink ground in the box under Parents in the Concept Details panel).

So although retired or “Inactive” terms can still be searched for within the SNOMED CT terminology browser, they are identified as Inactive by their pink ground.

Update on the status of the classification of PVFS, ME and CFS for ICD-11: Part Three: WHO rejects Dr Dua’s proposal

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Related posts:

Update on the status of the classification of PVFS, ME and CFS for ICD-11: Part One

Update on the status of the classification of PVFS, ME and CFS for ICD-11: Part Two

 

Part Three (and it’s good news, for once)

As reported in Parts One and Two, three proposals for the ICD-10 G93.3 legacy categories, Postviral fatigue syndrome; Benign myalgic encephalomyelitis; and Chronic fatigue syndrome have sat unprocessed in the ICD-11 Proposal Mechanism for over a year:

the proposal by Dimmock & Chapman (submitted March 26, 2017);

the proposal by Dr Lily Chu on behalf of the IACFS/ME (submitted March 31, 2017);

the proposal by Dr Tarun Dua (submitted November 06, 2017).

If you are not registered for access to the ICD-11 Proposal platform, click to download the proposal submitted by Dimmock & Chapman in PDF format.

 

Dr Tarun Dua’s proposal to kick the G93.3 legacy categories out of the Neurology chapter

Dr Tarun Dua is a medical officer working on the Program for Neurological Diseases and Neuroscience, Management of Mental and Brain Disorders, WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. This WHO department has responsibility for both mental disorders and neurological diseases and disorders. Its Director is Dr Shekhar Saxena.

Dr Dua had acted as lead WHO Secretariat and Managing Editor for ICD Revision’s Topic Advisory Group (TAG) for Neurology, which was chaired by Prof Raad Shakir.

When Dr Dua submitted a proposal, last year, recommending that “Myalgic encephalitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)” [sic] should be removed from the Diseases of the nervous system chapter and reclassified in the Symptoms, signs chapter as a child under Symptoms, signs or clinical findings of the musculoskeletal system, it was initially unstated whose position this controversial recommendation represented.

Read Dr Dua’s proposal in PDF format from Page 5 of this November 2017 commentary.

TAG Neurology had ceased operations in October 2016, leaving proposals for the G93.3 legacy categories hanging and the terms still unaccounted for in the public version of the ICD-11 Beta draft. The terms were eventually restored to the draft in March 2017.

Since early 2017, we had been advised several times by senior WHO officers that decisions regarding these categories were “on hold” while an in-house evidence review was being undertaken.

Moreover, WHO senior classification expert, Dr Robert Jakob, had assured me (via email in March 2017) that WHO had no intention of dumping these categories in the Symptoms, signs chapter — yet here was Dr Dua calling for precisely that.

The key question being: Did this recommendation represent the outcome of a now concluded evidence review or did it represented only the position of Dr Dua?

Dr Dua eventually stated that “…the proposal [had] been submitted on behalf of Topic Advisory Group (TAG) on Diseases of the Nervous System, and reiterates the TAG’s earlier conclusions.” But neither Dr Dua nor her line manager, Dr Saxena, were willing to provide us with responses to other queries raised in relation to this proposal, including, crucially: How does this proposal relate to the in-house evidence review?

We were subsequently advised by WHO’s Dr John Grove (Director, Department of Information, Evidence and Research) that the systematic evidence review would determine if the terms needed to be moved to any other specific chapter of ICD-11 and that the outcomes would be provided for review by the Medical Scientific Advisory Committee (MSAC).

A formal response by Dimmock & Chapman to Dr Dua’s proposal can be read in PDF format here Response by Dimmock & Chapman to Dr Tarun Dua proposal of November 6, 2017.

 

WHO rejects Dr Dua’s proposal 

On November 19, the proposal was marked as Rejected by ICD-11 Proposal Mechanism admins:

Screenshot: Accessed November 20, 2018:

https://icd.who.int/dev11/proposals/f/en#/http://id.who.int/icd/entity/569175314

This decision to reject Dr Dua’s recommendation that the terms should be relocated under the Symptoms, signs chapter is accompanied by a brief rationale from ICD-11 Proposal Platform admins “Team3 WHO”:

Screenshot: Accessed November 22, 2018:

 

Importantly, the decision to retain the terms in the Disorders of the nervous system chapter is supported by the WHO MSAC and CSAC committees.

(See Reference 10 for WHO/ICD-11’s guiding principles for consideration of legacy terms and potential chapter relocations — guidance with which Dr Dua is familiar and has cited, herself, when drafting other proposals, but which she evidently chose to disregard in the case of the G93.3 legacy categories.)

 

This means that these ICD-10 legacy terms continue to stand as per the “Implementation” version of the ICD-11 MMS that was published in June 2018:

https://icd.who.int/browse11/l-m/en#/http%3a%2f%2fid.who.int%2ficd%2fentity%2f569175314

 

But we are not done yet…

It’s not known when the remaining proposals submitted by myself and jointly with Mary Dimmock will be processed.

There remains a backlog of over 1000 unprocessed proposals, a number of which had met the March 30, 2017 proposal deadline and were expected to have been processed last year, in time for consideration for inclusion in the June 2018 “Implementation” release.

According to summary reports of the WHO-FIC Network Council’s April 26 and September 26, 2018 teleconferences:

  • Between June 2018 and the 2019 [World Health Assembly] resolution, WHO will work to improve user guidance around the classification and any final sorting of the extension codes, but there is not an intention to “reopen the package” of ICD-11 or to make major changes
  • The codes will not change after June 2018, and the URIs [Unique Reference Identifiers] will remain the constant, immoveable identifiers for each concept that underpin the classification
  • An update cycle was agreed by JTF [Joint Task Force] last week, including ongoing update of foundation entities (e.g. index terms, synonyms, extension codes, etc.) with
    • annual updates for entities below the shoreline,
    • a 5-year cycle for update of entities above the shoreline, and
    • a 10-year cycles for updates to the rules.

and from the September 26, 2018 teleconference:

  • WHO has updated the proposal platform to allow voting by CSAC* members and to align the process with the historical practices of the URC [ICD-10 Update and Revision Committee].
  • 90 proposals have been identified from the platform for consideration by the CSAC this year, though not all of them can be reviewed in detail face-to-face during the WHO-FIC Network Annual Meeting 2018. A call may be held in advance to discuss some specific priorities.
  • Given the huge volume of proposals, the meeting will go through the new procedures for the CSAC, review the voting process and tools, overview the proposal platform and how to use it, and determine timelines and workload for after the meeting.
  • CSAC governance will also be presented together with the content of ICD-11 prior to submission of the report on ICD-11 to the WHO Governing Bodies for review by the WHO Executive Board [in January 2019]

Source: WHO-FIC Council Google platform: WHO-FIC Council Teleconferences

*The Classifications and Statistics Advisory Committee (CSAC) takes over the role of the ICD-10 Update and Revision Committee (URC). The last update for ICD-10 will be 2019.

 

The ICD-11 MMS is expected to be frozen again in January 2019 in preparation for submission of the report to the Executive Board (EB):

 

Beyond World Health Assembly adoption, ICD-11 will be subject to an update and maintenance cycle:

(See Reference Guide Annex 3.7.1 – 3.7.6 for detailed information on ICD-11 Updating Cycles and Proposal Workflows.)

I’ve been unable to confirm whether the first update released after the June 2018 “Implementation” version would be a January 2019 release, or whether the June 2018 version is intended to remain more or less stable for a further year, until January 2020.

If WHO were to accept any of the proposals contained within my individual submissions and my joint submissions with Mary Dimmock, for example, approving our recommendations for deprecating the prefix “Benign”; deprecating Postviral fatigue syndrome as lead Concept Title; assigning separate Concept Title codes to Myalgic encephalomyelitis and to Chronic fatigue syndrome; or approving Exclusions under Bodily distress disorder (BDD), any approved recommendations would appear initially in the orange ICD-11 Maintenance Platform pending their eventual incorporation into an “Implementation” release.

I will keep you apprised of any significant developments.

 

References:

1 G93.3 Postviral fatigue syndrome, ICD-10 Browser Version: 2016. Accessed November 22, 2018

World Health Organization finally releases next edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) Dx Revision Watch, July 25, 2018

3 8E49 Postviral fatigue syndrome, ICD-11 for Mortality and Morbidity Statistics (ICD-11 MMS) 2018 version for preparing implementation. Accessed November 22, 2018

4 8E49 Postviral fatigue syndrome, ICD-11 (Mortality and Morbidity Statistics) Maintenance Platform. Accessed November 22, 2018 The content made available on this platform is not a released version of the ICD-11. It is a work in progress in between released versions.

A proposal for the ICD-10 G93.3 legacy terms for ICD-11: Part Two. Dx Revision Watch, April 3, 2017

6 PDF: Proposal: Revision of G93.3 legacy terms for ICD-11, Dimmock & Chapman, March 27, 2017

7 Proposal: Revision of G93.3 legacy terms for ICD-11, Dr Tarun Dua, November 6, 2017

8 Response by Dimmock & Chapman to Dr Tarun Dua proposal of November 6, 2017, February 15, 2018

9 ICD-11 Reference Guide June 2018

10 Extract from Response to Dr Dua Proposal of November 6 2017: 4. Compliance with WHO standards and other considerations on relocation, Dimmock & Chapman, February 15, 2018

Update to addition of Disorder of nervous system parent for Chronic fatigue syndrome and terms under Synonyms in SNOMED CT

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In Post #342 (August 1, 2018), I confirmed that the addition of parent: Disorder of nervous system to Chronic fatigue syndrome was implemented for the July 31, 2018 release of the SNOMED CT International Edition.

The SNOMED CT Concept term for Chronic fatigue syndrome is SCTID 52702003 Chronic fatigue syndrome (disorder). Benign myalgic encephalomyelitis; and Myalgic encephalomyelitis are included in a list of terms under Synonyms.

SCTID: 52702003 Chronic fatigue syndrome (disorder) and the terms listed under Synonyms are now located under supertype SCTID: 118940003 Disorder of nervous system (disorder). This change to the International Edition is being incorporated into the national editions, as they release their next updates. These are released on a staggered schedule.

The rationale for requesting this additional supertype for Chronic fatigue syndrome and the terms listed under Synonyms is set out in this August 2018 document:

PDF: Statement on SNOMED CT and Chronic fatigue syndrome

Note that prior to July 2015, Postviral fatigue syndrome had been listed under Children to SCTID: 52702003 Chronic fatigue syndrome.

But for the July 2015 release, Postviral fatigue syndrome was removed from under SCTID: 52702003 Chronic fatigue syndrome and relocated under supertype: Post-viral disorder under: Post-infectious disorder and assigned the Concept code: SCTID: 51771007.

(A change that had not been requested by the Countess of Mar during her 2014-2015 engagement with SNOMED CT terminology managers for the removal of the Mental disorder parent. Provision of the rationale for relocating Postviral fatigue syndrome was not pursued by Forward-ME.)

Incorporation of addition of supertype Disorder of nervous system into national editions

SNOMED CT U.S. Edition incorporated the change for its September 01, 2018 release:

 

SNOMED CT Belgium Edition incorporated the change for its September 15, 2018 release:

 

SNOMED CT Danish Edition incorporated the change for its September 30, 2018 release:

 

SNOMED CT Netherlands Edition incorporated the change for its September 30, 2018 release:

Note on inclusion of “neurasthenie” in the Netherlands Edition: SNOMED CT International Edition and national editions used to include a Concept term SCTID: 192439005 Neurasthenia. This Concept was retired (Inactivated) a number of years ago. However, the Netherlands Edition retained the term “neurasthenie” under the list of Synonym terms. “Neurasthenie” is designated as an “Acceptable” term in the Netherlands Dutch language reference set (open “Details” tab to view Netherlands reference sets).

Details tab:

A Netherlands advocate has contacted Pim Volkert (Terminology Co-ordinator, Nictiz, and lead for the Netherlands SNOMED CT National Release Centre) with a request and rationales for consideration of the removal of the “neurasthenie” term, for consistency with the SNOMED CT International Edition and with the WHO’s ICD-10, which has an exclusion for G93.3 under F48.0 Neurasthenia. This request has been considered and accepted. I am advised that removal of the “neurasthenie” term is anticipated to be implemented for the March 2019 release of the Netherlands Edition.

 

SNOMED CT UK Edition incorporated the change for its October 01, 2018 release:

(Public browser hosted by NHS Digital. Browser can also be accessed from the landing page of the SNOMED CT International browser platform.)

Note: the UK Edition has three severity specifier options listed under “Children” that are specific to the UK Edition.

These are assigned the discrete codes: SCTID: 377181000000104 Mild chronic fatigue syndrome; SCTID: 377171000000101 Moderate chronic fatigue syndrome; and SCTID: 377161000000108 Severe chronic fatigue syndrome.

It has yet to be established from NHS Digital in which year these severity specifier options were added to the UK Edition, to what extent they are used, and by what means clinicians would determine which of the severities to apply.

The UK Edition includes the terms Myalgic encephalitis and Myalgic encephalopathy.

 

Updated to add screenshot of Canadian Edition

SNOMED CT Canadian Edition incorporated the change for its October 30, 2018 release:

 

Updated to add screenshot of Swedish Edition

SNOMED CT Swedish Edition incorporated the change for its November 30, 2018 release:

Note: the Swedish Edition includes a separately coded for Concept term:

SCTID: 55941000052101 | kronisk trötthet | [Chronic fatigue (finding)].

This is marked with the Swedish flag symbol to denote that this SNOMED CT Concept term is exclusive to the Swedish Edition. It can be viewed here:

 

Updated to add screenshot of Argentinian Edition

SNOMED CT Argentinian Edition incorporated the change for its November 30, 2018 release:

 

Updated to add screenshot of Australian Edition

The January 31, 2019 release of the Australian Edition has incorporated the change:

 

If your country is a member of SNOMED International but does not have a publicly accessible browser hosted on the International Edition platform or hosted on its own platform, please refer to your country’s SNOMED CT National Release Centre website for the release schedule.


Media:

GP system updated to reflect M.E. as neurological, Action for M.E., August 01, 2018

NHS to update classification system to reflect that M.E. is neurological disease, ME Association, August 06, 2018

Update on the status of the classification of PVFS, ME and CFS for ICD-11: Part Two

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Part Two

In Part One, I documented key developments around the potential revision of the G93.3 legacy categories for ICD-11. This report picks up from November 2017.

November 06, 2017: Dr Tarun Dua (Medical Officer, Program for Neurological Diseases and Neuroscience, Management of Mental and Brain Disorders, WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse) posts a new proposal for these terms on the ICD-11 proposal platform.

The proposal recommends moving “Myalgic encephalitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)” [sic] from the Diseases of the nervous system chapter to the Symptoms, signs chapter, as a child under Symptoms, signs or clinical findings of the musculoskeletal system.

Click here to read the full proposal Dr Dua November 06, 2017. (If you are not registered with the drafting platform, a copy of Dr Dua’s proposal is included at the end of this commentary.)

November 2017: Dr Dua and Dr Shekhar Saxena are approached by the Countess of Mar to provide clarifications. Dr Dua responds that “the proposal has been submitted on behalf of Topic Advisory Group (TAG) on Diseases of the Nervous System, and reiterates the TAG’s earlier conclusions.” but provides no other clarifications. Dr Saxena does not engage but passes the communication on to Dr Dua, who says she has forwarded the message to the TAG for its consideration. Nothing further is heard from any of them and the enquiries are left hanging.

January 29, 2018: “Team WHO” (an ICD Revision Admin account) posts this comment under the Dr Dua proposal:

Any decisions regarding this entity are on hold until the results of a review become available.”

February 15, 2018: Dimmock and Chapman submit a robust counter analysis of Dr Dua’s proposal and submit further evidence on March 10.

December 2017 – March 2018: In response to the failure of WHO’s Dr Shekhar Saxena and Dr Tarun Dua to provide adequate clarifications in relation to this proposal, the Countess of Mar is advised to write to Dr John Grove, Director, Information, Evidence and Research and Revision Project Lead to put on record significant concerns for the way in which the potential revision of these ICD categories has been handled, the lack of transparency on the part of TAG Neurology, Revision Steering Group and Joint Task Force, and their unwillingness to engage in dialogue.

Over a number of exchanges, Dr Grove provides the following information:

A systematic evidence review will determine if “the category” needs to be moved to any other specific chapter of ICD-11.

The classification team organizes the review which is expected to be completed by mid April 2018.

The outcomes will be provided for review by the Medical Scientific Advisory Committee (MSAC) and will be posted together with the relevant detail on the proposal platform.

New proposals posted on the platform will become part of the workflows of the maintenance mechanism of ICD-11 and be processed in an annual cycle.

The “relevant category will in any case be kept separate from the generic ‘chronic fatigue’ (signs and symptoms).”*

 

*NB: there is no concept term, ‘chronic fatigue’ in ICD-11’s Symptoms, signs chapter. There is a concept term: Fatigue (which was Malaise and fatigue in ICD-10). In March 2017, a long-standing proposal of mine for the addition of exclusions for Benign myalgic encephalomyelitis and Chronic fatigue syndrome under Fatigue was approved by the Beta draft admins, although the request for exclusion of Postviral fatigue syndrome wasn’t actioned and remains unprocessed.

There are several speculative reasons for this: ICD Revision may be considering retiring the Postviral fatigue syndrome term for ICD-11; or retaining the term, but only as an Index Term. This might also account for Dr Dua’s reluctance to clarify what her proposal’s intentions are for the Postviral fatigue syndrome term.

There has been no indication whether any evidence review was concluded in mid April, what the outcome was, or whether any potential new proposals for these categories are currently with the MSAC. But no new proposals from ICD Revision, the MSAC or Dr Dua’s department have been posted on the proposal platform or entered directly into the development draft (now known as the “Maintenance Platform”).

Where does this currently leave these terms?

This is how the ICD-11 MMS stood for the release of the “advance preview” version, on June 18, 2018.

(Note the version of ICD-11 as released does not display the Foundation Component, nor are the current 15 Synonyms and Index terms displayed in this “advance preview” release):

https://icd.who.int/browse11/l-m/en#/http%3a%2f%2fid.who.int%2ficd%2fentity%2f569175314

 

As released in June 2018, the content of the ICD-11 MMS is planned to remain stable until January 2019, when it will be prepared for presentation at the May 2019 World Health Assembly.

The Proposal Mechanism will remain open for submission of new proposals from the MSAC, CSAC and public stakeholders. There is a backlog of over 1300 proposals waiting to be processed.

There are currently three proposals for PVFS, BME and CFS waiting to be reviewed:

The proposal submitted by Dimmock & Chapman (on March 26, 2017)

The proposal submitted by Dr Lily Chu on behalf of the IACFS/ME (on March 31, 2017)

The proposal submitted by Dr Tarun Dua (on November 06, 2017)

 

ICD Revision might potentially post new proposals for PVFS, ME and CFS via the Proposal Mechanism at any point in the future.

While new proposals are expected to be processed as part of the annual maintenance cycle, any approved proposal would not immediately be reflected in the released version of the ICD-11 MMS but carried forward for eventual incorporation into a later release, according to the update cycle for that particular class of change. (See Annex 3.7 of the Reference Guide for maintenance and update schedules, how “Minor” and “Major” changes are defined, guidance on submitting new proposals etc.)

My interpretation of the Reference Guide is that relocation of a category to another chapter would constitute a “Change a primary parent” and a “Structural Change” and would be classed as a “Major Change”, for incorporation on the 5 year update cycle, not the annual update cycle.

It is not yet clear in which year the first update cycle is anticipated to start, i.e., whether the next stable release would be published in January 2020, or if the first update cycle is not scheduled to start until a later year.

 

How soon will member states start using ICD-11?

World Health Assembly endorsement will not come into effect until January 01, 2022. After this date, member states can start using ICD-11 for reporting data when their health systems have transitioned to the new edition.

Dr Christopher Chute, chair of ICD-11’s Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee (MSAC), predicts that early implementers may require at least five years to prepare their countries’ health systems for transition. Member states using a “clinical modification” of ICD are likely to take longer to develop, test and roll out a country specific adaptation — particularly the United States.

There is no mandatory implementation date — member states will migrate to ICD-11 at their own pace. Global adoption will likely be a patchy and prolonged process and for a period of time, the WHO will be accepting data reported using both ICD-10 and the new ICD-11 code sets.

No countries have announced tentative implementation schedules.

NHS Digital says: “No decision has been made for the implementation of ICD-11 in England, however NHS Digital plan to undertake further testing of the latest release and supporting products that will inform a future decision.”

Until the UK has implemented ICD-11, the mandatory classification and terminology systems for use in the NHS are ICD-10 (Version: 2015) and SNOMED CT UK Edition.

Part One

 

References:

1 G93.3 Postviral fatigue syndrome, ICD-10 Browser Version: 2016. Accessed August 14, 2018

World Health Organization finally releases next edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) Dx Revision Watch, July 25, 2018

3 8E49 Postviral fatigue syndrome, ICD-11 for Mortality and Morbidity Statistics (ICD-11 MMS) 2018 version for preparing implementation. Accessed August 14, 2018

4 8E49 Postviral fatigue syndrome, ICD-11 (Mortality and Morbidity Statistics) Maintenance Platform. Accessed August 14, 2018 The content made available here is not a released version of the ICD-11. It is a work in progress in between released versions.

5 ICD Revision Joint Task Force Meeting Report 22-22 January, 2017, Cologne, Germany. Page 39, Item 39: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advocacy Efforts. Accessed August 14, 2018

A proposal for the ICD-10 G93.3 legacy terms for ICD-11: Part Two. Dx Revision Watch, April 3, 2017

PDF: Proposal: Revision of G93.3 legacy terms for ICD-11, Dimmock & Chapman, March 27, 2017

7 Proposal: Revision of G93.3 legacy terms for ICD-11, Dr Tarun Dua, November 6, 2017

8 Response by Dimmock & Chapman to Dr Tarun Dua proposal of November 6, 2017, February 15, 2018

9 ICD-11 Reference Guide June 2018

10 Extract from Response to Dr Dua Proposal of November 6 2017: 4. Compliance with WHO standards and other considerations on relocation, Dimmock & Chapman, February 15, 2018

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