The College has recommended that the WHO Glossary of psychiatric terms should be in general use with the 9th International Classification of Diseases and has asked that the Department of Health and Social Security should support its being made available to all grades of psychiatric staff. (It is hoped in this way to achieve greater consistency in the recording of psychiatric diagnoses on form HMR 1 (Psych. I/P) for the purposes of the Mental Health Enquiry.) The Department of Health and Social Security issued a general letter on 5 April 1979, Ref. SRF/2/88 in which they stated: ‘It is hoped that hospital administrations will find it possible to make copies of the glossary available to all grades of psychiatric staff and to administrative and clerical staff in psychiatric records departments’. Copies of the Glossary, which replaces the previous WHO booklet on the 8th Revision of the ICD, are available from HMSO. The price is £4.20 per copy for orders of less than 50 copies; there is a discount on large orders.
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