The ICD-10 currently in place is based on outdated medical knowledge and concepts from the 1950s. The new ICD-11, which has been under discussion since 2009, is aimed at reflecting the changes in science and practice and is slated for release in 2018. Although it has taken 62 years to make the change, it is now a reality and a benefit to patients, treating doctors and researchers, and the public at large.
According to the WFN President the latest classification decision with respect to stroke serves the interests of patients’ needs. Prof Shakir: "It also ensures that health care provision and funding will be based on correct figures, which has not been the case thus far."