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Report on the Shanghai conference of the ICD-11 Field Studies Coordinating Group.

As part of the preparation for the 2015 release of the eleventh revision of the World Health Organization's International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-11), the ICD-11 Field Studies Coordinating Group held a meeting at the Shanghai Mental Health Center of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine from 12 to 14 November 2013. Attendees at the meeting, which was jointly sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Shanghai Mental Health Center, included the following experts from the WHO: Shekhar Saxena (Director of the WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse), Geoffrey M. Reed (WHO Senior Project Officer for the Revision of ICD-10 Mental and Behavioral Disorders), Vladimir Poznyak (Coordinator of the WHO Management of Substance Abuse programs) Maria Elena Medina-Mora, (Coordinator of field testing for ICD-11), and Oye Gureje (Deputy Coordinator of field testing for ICD-11). Experts from Shanghai who attended included Zeping Xiao (Vice-Director of the Shanghai Bureau of Health), Yifeng Xu (President of the Shanghai Mental Health Center) and Min Zhao (Vice-President of the Shanghai Mental Health Center). Also in attendance were members of the ICD-11 International Coordination Group from the United States of America, Spain, India, Japan, Lebanon and other countries. Staff members from the Shanghai Mental Health Center who attended included Sai Zuo (Deputy Director of the Administrative Office), Zhen Wang (Director of the Research Administration Office) and Jingjing Huang and Yunfei Dai (staff members of the Research Administration Office).

After a brief opening ceremony, the two-and-half-day conference started with a progress report on the research publications about field testing that were discussed in previous meetings in Spain and Japan in 2012. This was followed by a discussion of articles currently being prepared based on the World Psychiatric Association's Study B databases. Maria Medina-Mora and Geoffrey Reed then introduced the current and future tasks of the Field Studies Coordinating Group, focusing on the short-term and long-term goals of the Global Clinical Practice Network (GCPN); they described the proposed methods for coordinating data collection by this network and the expectations about the subsequent use of the collected data to publish related articles. Spencer Evans then described the current status of the GCPN and the specific activities planned for the future development of the GCPN. The first day of the meeting also included a discussion among participants about their experiences in translating the Mental and Behavioral Disorders section of the draft ICD-11.

The second day started with a review and summary of the first day by Oye Gureje and Pratap Sharan. Shekhar Saxena then provided an evaluation of the current status of the ICD-11 field trials and discussed problems that have been encountered during these trials. Howard Andrews and Kathy Pike discussed the basic framework for data coordination during the trials and methods for dealing with problems that may arise during this process. Michael Roberts introduced online field-testing methods followed by Jared Keeley and Spencer Evans who described completed and ongoing online field-testing projects for different mental disorders including stress-related disorders, eating and feeding disorders, psychotic disorders and gender-related disorders. Finally, Rebecca Robles described the current status of field-testing in primary care settings in Mexico.

The last half-day of the meeting started with a discussion by researchers from Mexico, Lebanon, India, South Africa and Brazil about the feasibility, research design and potential methods of carrying out field studies for sex-related disorders. All participants then discussed next steps for the field studies of mental disorders, the location of the conferences for next year, and the preparation of lectures about these field studies for the next annual meeting of the World Congress of Psychiatry. Finally, Maria Medina-Mora and Geoffrey Reed provided a summary of the meeting and outlined future plans.

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Title Annotation:Conference Report
Publication:Shanghai Archives of Psychiatry
Article Type:Conference notes
Geographic Code:9CHIN
Date:Feb 1, 2014
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