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

Improve medical certification of cause of death

It is recommended that medical information and accuracy of causes of death as recorded on the death certificate be subject to continual improvement. This is true for in service medical training as well as the physicians and paramedics who are already in service. One way of implementing this intervention is to expose physicians and paramedics to the importance and requirements of proper medical certification and to provide feedback on the effects of poorly documented clinical notes on ascertaining the causes of death.

Another important aspect of improving certification is to ensure that death certificates conform to international WHO standards and respond to ministry of health and national vital statistics data requirements. This will entail ensuring retention of core data elements of the death certificate as well as meeting national data requirements. 

Use of cause of death data at individual and aggregated levels

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