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Whether you're a CRVS expert of just starting to learn about CRVS systems, you will enjoy exploring the range of resources available here in our library. Discover more about strengthening and innovating CRVS systems, plus learn from other countries challenges and experiences.


 Action guide on improving the quality of COD data in hospitals
Action guide on improving the quality of COD data in hospitals

Provides eight key action areas to improve the quality of cause of death data in hospitals.

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Publication date: April 2018

Resource type: CRVS action guide

Related resources: Strategies for improving the quality of cause of death data in hospitals


Action guide on implementing automated coding (Iris)
Action guide on implementing automated coding (Iris)

Describes five key steps countries should follow when implementing automated mortality coding.

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Publication date: April 2018

Resource type: CRVS action guide

Related resources: Course prospectus: Iris automated mortality coding training


Action guide on reducing barriers to medical certification
Action guide on reducing barriers to medical certification

Describes five actions that can be taken to reduce barriers to accurate medical certification of cause of death, from legislative review to training and support.

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Publication date: May 2018

Resource type: CRVS action guide

Related resources: Reducing barriers to the accurate medical certification of cause of death


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Action guide on training and education on medical certification of cause of death

Outlines an approach to training and education on medical certification of cause of death based on three key stages in a physician's career: during medical school, as an intern or junior physician, and as senior practicing clinicians.

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Publication date: August 2018 (update)

Resource type: CRVS action guide

Related resources: Training and education on medical certification: Effective strategies and approaches


Assessing the quality of death certificates: Guidance for the rapid tool
Assessing the quality of death certificates: Guidance for the rapid tool

This document provides guidance on how to use the rapid assessment tool, with examples for each question.

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Authors: Rampatige R, Gamage S, Richards N, Riley I, Wijesekera N.

Publication date: March 2018 (update)

Resource type: CRVS resources and tools

Related resources: Assessing the quality of death certificates: Rapid tool


Assessing the quality of death certificates: Rapid tool
Assessing the quality of death certificates: Rapid tool

This tool is designed to assess the quality of death certification practices by checking for common errors in death certificates.

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Author: University of Melbourne

Publication date: March 2018 (update)

Resource type: CRVS resources and tools

Related resources: Assessing the quality of death certificates: Guidance for the rapid tool


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Course prospectus: Capacity development and medical certification of cause of death training

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Publication date: January 2018

Resource type: CRVS resources and tools

Related resources: Training and education on medical certification: Effective strategies and approaches


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Course prospectus: ICD-10 mortality coder training

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Publication date: October 2017

Resource type: CRVS resources and tools

Related resources: Intervention: Mortality coding​


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Fellowship profile: Investigating garbage codes to improve mortality statistics in Brazil

Between January and February 2018, Raquel Barbosa de Lima, from the Department of Health Situation Analysis, Ministry of Health, Brazil, came to the University of Melbourne to receive support in analysing data from a pilot study that investigated key attributes of deaths with ‘garbage codes’.

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Author: de Lima R

Publication date: May 2018

Resource type: CRVS country perspectives - fellowship profile

Related resources: CRVS country overview: Brazil


Guidance for assessing and interpreting the quality of mortality data using ANACONDA
Guidance for assessing and interpreting the quality of mortality data using ANACONDA

For users of ANACONDA (statisticians and/or analysts in health and statistics departments, researchers, or other experts working with mortality data).

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Authors: Mikkelsen L, Lopez AD (University of Melbourne)

Publication date: October 2017

Resource type: CRVS resources and tools

Related resources: Course prospectus: ANACONDA


Handbook for doctors on cause of death certification
Handbook for physicians on cause of death certification

These are generic guidelines about how to certify the cause of death, written for physicians and medical students, particularly in developing countries.

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Author: University of Melbourne

Publication date: March 2018 (update)

Resource type: CRVS resources and tools

Related resources: Medical certification of cause of death: Quick reference guide


Medical certification of cause of death
Intervention: Medical certification of cause of death

Activities to improve certification include introducing the international form of medical certificate of cause of death and training courses.

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Publication date: November 2016

Resource type: CRVS resources and tools

Related resources: Action guide on training and education on medical certification of cause of death


Mortality coding
Intervention: Mortality coding

Transformation of information on death certificates into alpha-numeric codes, for easier analysis of the patterns of mortality in a population.

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Publication date: November 2016

Resource type: CRVS resources and tools

Related resources: Course prospectus: Iris automated mortality coding training


Medical certification of cause of death: Quick reference guide
Medical certification of cause of death: Quick reference guide

This guide contains basic information about how to correctly complete the International Form of medical certificate of COD, as recommended by the WHO.

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Publication date: February 2017

Resource type: CRVS resources and tools

Related resources: Intervention: Medical certification of cause of death


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Meeting on strengthening the quality of information on causes of death in Brazil

The objective of the meeting was to discuss the improvement of the quality of the information on causes of death in Brazil, with the participation of the three spheres of Government, Civil Society, Universities, and International Institutions. This report summarises the main outcomes of the meeting, including each of the main sessions, comments from participants, and links to additional resources.

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Publication date: October 2017

Resource type: Meeting report

Related resources: Fellowship profile: Investigating garbage codes to improve mortality statistics in Brazil

Source: Secretariat of Health Surveillance, Ministry of Health, Brazil


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Reducing barriers to the accurate medical certification of cause of death

This document identifies barriers to accurate COD reporting by physicians and provides recommendations on how various actors can respond.

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Author: University of Melbourne

Publication date: May 2018 (update)

Resource type: CRVS development series

Related resources: Action guide on reducing barriers to medical certification


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Resultados preliminares del fortalecimiento del Sistema Informatico Nacional de Defunciones

El Perú tiene una baja cobertura de defunciones con causa de defunción (54 %) y una mala calidad del registro de las causas de defunción, mas de 45 % de las causas de muerte se clasifican como mal definidas o poco útiles para la formulación de políticas públicas. En respuesta a estos problemas, el Ministerio de Salud, junto a otras agencias gubernamentales, con el apoyo de la Iniciativa Bloomberg «Información para la Salud» está implementando el Sistema Informático Nacional de Defunciones (SINADEF). El objetivo de este artículo es describir el proceso de fortalecimiento del sistema de información de la mortalidad en Perú, centrado en la implementación del SINADEF

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Authors: Vargas-Herrera J, Ruiz KP, Nunez GG, Ohno JM, Perez-Lu, JE, Huarcaya WV, Clapham B, Cortez-Escalante J

Publication date: October 2018

Resource type: CRVS technical outcome series

Related resources: Peru: An exceptional example of CRVS system advancement

Source: Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica. 2018; 35(3):505-14


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Strategies for improving the quality of cause of death data in hospitals

This paper outlines the importance of accurate medical certification of cause of death, and provides eight strategies that hospitals can implement to improve the accuracy and consistency of cause of death data drawn from medical records.

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Author: University of Melbourne

Publication date: April 2018 (update)

Resource type: CRVS development series

Related resources: Action guide on improving the quality of cause of death data in hospitals


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Summary: Developing a mobile app for doctors to improve the recording of cause of death in Sri Lanka

Describes the development, testing, and potential impact of a mobile application for doctors to improve the recording of cause of death in Sri Lanka.

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Publication date: September 2018

Resource type: CRVS summary

Related resources: Summary: Improving the quality of mortality statistics in Sri Lanka


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Summary: Improving the quality of mortality statistics in Sri Lanka

Describes the two innovative approaches Sri Lanka is taking to improve the quality of mortality data: introducing automated verbal autopsy, and up-skilling doctors in correct medical certification practices.

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Authors: Jayasuriya R, Kumarapeli V, Mikkelsen L.

Publication date: June 2018

Resource type: CRVS summary

Related resources: Sri Lanka: Strengthening the quality and availability of mortality statistics

Source: SLMA, The Official Newsletter of the Sri Lanka Medical Association

Alan SL2

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Training and education on medical certification: Effective strategies and approaches

This document outlines a best-practice plan for the timing and content of education and training on medical certification for physicians at three career stages.

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Author: University of Melbourne

Publication date: July 2018 (updated)

Resource type: CRVS development series

Related resources: Summary: Effective strategies and approaches to training in medical certification

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