Module 5: Introduction to Coding


By the end of this module, participants will be able to:

  • understand the importance of coding;
  • understand the importance of good clinical description and documentation for accurate coding;
  • describe advantages and disadvantages of the ICD-10 and ICD-10 RCPCH extension;
  • identify critical issues for coding.

Note: This module is linked to Chapter 5 of WHO/CDC/ICBDSR Birth defects surveillance: a manual for programme managers.

Evaluation Questions 5
  1. It is important to understand and follow a                              coding system, in order to accurately and consistently                        and                       the various types of congenital anomalies.
  2. What type of supplemental information can help a reviewer assign a proper code to a case?
  3. What is the international standard diagnostic classification system?
  4. What are some ways in which a surveillance programme can work around the ICD-10 coding system’s lack of specificity for certain congenital anomalies?
  5. True or false: Final coding will always be at the central registry.
  6. Which of  the  following  does NOT  cause difficulties when coding congenital anomalies?
  7. True or false: Capturing major anomalies should be prioritized over capturing minor anomalies on the data-collection form.
  8. True or false: The ICD-10 is developed and maintained by WHO.