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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Coding causes of death to statistical categories

From cause of death certification to statistical coding

The previous sections described the importance of having all deaths medically certified by a qualified and appropriately trained physician, using the International Form of Medical Certificate of Cause of Death, and coded according to International Classification of Diseases (ICD) standards. 

Once the physician has certified a death, the cause of death (COD) has to be coded correctly according to international rules and standards laid down in the ICD (10th revision) . The quality of coding is highly dependent upon the quality of certification. If certification is poorly done, and the death certificate is incomplete or incorrect, coding cannot be done correctly.

Thus, certification and coding are two separate, but interdependent processes, and both need to be implemented correctly to generate dependable data for health policy and planning:

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Australian Bureau of Statistics (2008). Cause of death certification: information paper.  

Challenges to timely and sensitive death certification in Tanzania

Godfrey M Semu, Health Record and Information Officer at the Muhimbili National Hospital describes the challenges to timely death certification in Tanzania.

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