Sexual health in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD): implications for measurement and beyond.

Abstract:

:This paper examines different dimensions of sexual health as related to the measurement of sexual health indicators and the proposed changes in the International Classification of Diseases to address issues related to sexuality and sexual health with an aim of informing health policy-making and programming. The lack of mechanisms for monitoring and evaluating sexual health outcomes has impeded the development of policies and programmes that support sexual health. The potential impact of changes to the ICD-11 is major and far-reaching given that the ICD is used by countries to define eligibility and access to health services and to formulate relevant policies and laws, and is used by health professionals as a basis for conceptualizing health conditions, treatments and outcomes. Improving the measurement of sexual health-related indicators builds the evidence base on scientific knowledge of sex, sexuality, sexual health and rights. As we stand on the cusp of the post-2015 era and the development agenda transitions to the Sustainable Development Goals, a unique opportunity presents itself to further consider how sexual health is defined, conceptualized, and monitored.

journal_name

Reprod Health Matters

authors

Chou D,Cottler S,Khosla R,Reed GM,Say L

doi

10.1016/j.rhm.2015.11.008

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2015-11-01 00:00:00

pages

185-92

issue

46

eissn

0968-8080

issn

1460-9576

pii

S0968-8080(15)00085-3

journal_volume

23

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