Do gaming disorder and hazardous gaming belong in the ICD-11? Considerations regarding the death of a hospitalized patient that was reported to have occurred while a care provider was gaming.

J Behav Addict. 2018 May 23:1-2. doi: 10.1556/2006.7.2018.42. [Epub ahead of print]

Potenza MN1.


There has been much debate regarding the extent to which different types and patterns of gaming may be considered harmful from individual and public health perspectives. A recent event in which a hospitalized patient was reported to have died while a care provider was gaming is worth considering as an example as to how gaming may distract individuals from work-related tasks or other activities, with potential negative consequences. As the 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases is being developed, events like these are important to remember when considering entities like, and generating criteria for, disordered or hazardous gaming.

KEYWORDS: International Classification of Diseases; Internet gaming disorder; addiction; addictive behaviors; behavioral addictions; hazardous gaming

PMID: 29788753

DOI: 10.1556/2006.7.2018.42