On 25 May 2019, the World Health Organization approved the new version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) which included chronic pain for the first time. IASP is proud to say that this new classification was based on a strategic decision and work over the last six years by an IASP Task Force, chaired by Rolf-Detlef Treede and co-chaired by Winfried Rief. As a result of the Task Force’s impressive efforts the ICD will not only include diagnostic codes for chronic pain but also codes for the most common and clinically relevant groups of chronic pain conditions, and provide direct links to electronic health records.
I appreciate the leadership of the IASP Task Force for its tireless work on this project generating evidenced-based recommendations in strong collaboration with IASP Special Interest Groups and national chapters globally.
The ICD-11, which will take effect in January 2022, will improve patient care by facilitating multimodal pain treatment and by boosting efforts to measure the quality and effectiveness of care and new research on the prevalence and impact of chronic pain.
This is a major milestone for IASP and we should all be very proud of what our organization has achieved.
Lars Arendt-Nielsen, Dr. Med., PhD