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The future 

The future
The future

John E. Cooper

and Norman Sartorius

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date: 12 November 2018

DSM-5 is due to be published in May 2013, and ICD-11 probably in 2015. An extensive series of conferences and consultations, with considerable international input and including field trials, has been organised by the APA DSM-5 Task Force. The WHO has also created an Advisory Group, with input from the World Psychiatric Association, that will give special emphasis to the needs of Primary Care. Officials of the WHO and the APA have agreed on a meta-structure to be followed in the final versions of both the classifications. For the more distant future, as psychiatry continues to diversify due to advances in technology and increases in our knowledge of psychiatric disorders, it may well be increasingly difficult to produce comprehensive classifications that will be understandable and useful to all the different types of psychiatrists that will evolve. However, increasingly sophisticated information technology may counteract such developments.

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