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The value of cause of death data

Medical certification of cause of death

Coding causes of death to statistical categories
The International Classification of Diseases

Cause of death: where there is no physician
Verbal autopsy diagnostic algorithms

Automated verbal autopsy
What is automated verbal autopsy and how does it differ from medical certification of cause of death?

Incorporating verbal autopsy into the civil registration and vital statistics system

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Medical certification of cause of death

Dead-on-arrival cases

The certification of 'dead-on-arrival' (DOA) cases varies from country to country. In some settings, such cases are passed on to coroners or the police, and sometimes not included in COD statistics reported by the hospital. Attributing the correct COD is difficult because only an autopsy can provide the necessary information and is not always performed. As a result, a high proportion of DOA cases are assigned to ill-defined or nonspecific causes, which are of no value for health purposes. Application of verbal autopsy would be an option to arrive at a COD in DOA cases when there are no available health records to provide evidence for a possible COD.


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