February 2013
Classification, Diagnostic Assessment and Nomenclature

One of the main activities of the Section in the last months has been the promotion of the Revision of the Latin American Guide for Psychiatric Diagnosis (GLADP-VR) to be published in the near future. This ICD-10 base guide integrated in 2004 the use of operational diagnostic criteria and a multiaxial system with annotated Latin-American statements. The upcoming revisions of the ICD-11 and DSM-V have given the opportunity to promote the revision of GLADP with the primary aim of updating the Latin American annotations of psychiatric diagnosis and integrating the person-centered diagnostic model. Fifteen out of 20 Latin American psychiatric societies accepted to collaborate in the current revision. The utility and relevance of GLADP was examined through a survey among work groups’ members on the original GLADP and suggestions for the GLADP-VR. Forty two out of 158 psychiatrists responded to the survey: 81% were familiar with GLADP, 78% considered it easy to use, 90% felt it was adequate as a Latin American adaptation of the ICD-10, 71% considered it useful for clinical work, 59%, 81% and 62% considered it satisfactory for community care, teaching and research respectively, 81% considered it to be accurate, reflecting the patient’s clinical condition. Qualitative analyses emphasized that GLADP considers an integrative and personalized view of diagnosis which take into account cultural issues. The integration of person-centered comprehensive diagnostic formulations in clinical practice is considered crucial for an adequate clinical care.


Angel Otero, Chair

Javier E. Saavedra, Co-chair

Luis Salvador-Carulla, Secretary

WPA Section on Classification, Diagnostic Assessment and Nomenclature




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