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Psychopathology. 2002 Jan-Feb;35(1):36-47.

Comparison of psychiatric ICD-10 diagnoses in Denmark and Germany.

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WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Medical University of Lübeck, Germany.


A dataset of psychiatric ICD-10 diagnoses from the Danish case register concerning psychiatric hospitals was compared with a sample of psychiatric diagnoses from 27 psychiatric hospitals in Germany. The comparison shows a higher proportion of F1 diagnoses in the German dataset and a difference in the coding of alcohol dependence and harmful use. Some further differences in the groups F0-F6 are demonstrated and some of them are discussed. The most frequent diagnoses found in both datasets but in different sequence are alcohol dependence syndrome and paranoid schizophrenia and, in third place, adjustment disorder. Various aspects of the problem of rarely used diagnoses are discussed.

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