WHO-FIC – Introduction to classification

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To make people count, we first need to be able to count people. ICD allows the counting of diseases, injuries, symptoms, reasons for encounter, factors that influence health status, and external causes of disease and death, such as accidents.

Such health information is used for epidemiology, prevention, managing health care, allocation of resources, outcomes monitoring, in research, clinical context and primary care. Information is reported, categorized, analyzed, presented, and decisions are based on this information at any level of a health system. ICD makes people count.

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