Patient data is used in a variety of contexts by health care providers and organizations. From the diagnosis and treatment of patients to the reimbursement of the health care services delivered as part of patient diagnosis and treatment, health information that has been classified and coded plays a vital role in the practice of health care.
To prepare for this Application Assignment, review the perspectives presented in this week’s Learning Resources on two of the longest-standing and most commonly used clinical classification systems, the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).
To complete this Application Assignment, write a 2- to 3-page paper that describes the respective history, purpose, and use of the ICD and the DSM systems.
As you detail the particulars of each publication, be sure to identify which organization has played a key role in its development and maintenance, what type of health information it was developed to represent, how the represented information is structured, and in what context the represented information is used.