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Responding to COVID-19
This series focus specifically on CRVS responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Resources include videos and documents to help guide death certification, coding, and assessing and improving the quality of COVID-19 data.


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Approaches and methods for estimating excess deaths due to COVID-19

This guidance document outlines the challenges, and introduces approaches and methods for researchers and statisticians to measure excess mortality due to COVID-19 in systems with various levels of registration completeness (high, medium and low).

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Author: Adair, T, Lopez, AD, Hudson, S

Publication date: June 2020

Resource type: CRVS best-practice and advocacy


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Correctly certifying deaths due to COVID-19: A quick reference guide

This document provides guidelines for physicians for certifying deaths due to COVID-19, using the World Health Organization’s International Form of Medical Certificate of Cause of Death.

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Correctly certifying deaths due to COVID-19: Guidance for physicians

This guidance document provides information for physicians on how to correctly certify deaths due to COVID-19.

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Correctly coding deaths due to COVID-19: Guidance for Iris automated mortality coders

This guidance document provides information for Iris automated mortality coders to correctly code deaths due to COVID-19.

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Author: Gamage, U S H

Publication date: July 2020 (updated June 2021)

Resource type: CRVS technical guide


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Correctly coding deaths due to COVID-19: Guidance for manual mortality coders

This guidance document provides information for manual mortality coders to correctly code deaths due to COVID-19.

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Author: Gamage, U S H

Publication date: June 2020 (updated June 2021)

Resource type: CRVS technical guide


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Estimating excess deaths due to COVID-19 in
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Estimating excess deaths due to COVID-19 in countries with incomplete death registration: A quick reference guide

This quick reference guide summarises approaches and methods for researchers and statisticians to estimate excess mortality due to COVID-19, in countries with incomplete death registration.

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Excess mortality in Wuhan city and other parts of China during the three months of the COVID-19 outbreaks: findings from nationwide mortality registries

This study assesses excess all cause and cause specific mortality during the three months (1 January to 31 March 2020) of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan city and other parts of China.

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Authors: Liu, J, Zhang, L, Yan, Y, Zhou, Y, Yin, P, Qi, J, Wang, L, Pan, J, You, J, Yang, J, Zhao, Z, Wang, W, Liu, Y, Lin, L, Wu, J, Li, X, Chen, Z, Zhou, M

Publication date: February 2021

Resource type: CRVS clearinghouse

Source: BMJ, 2021, 372:415 [creative commons attribution license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/]


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Measuring pre-existing health conditions in death certification - deaths involving COVID-19: March 2020

A method for deciding which pre-existing condition mentioned on death certificates is the main pre-existing condition. Developed by the Office for National Statistics, United Kingdom.

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Authors: Office for National Statistics, United Kingdom

Publication date: April 2020

Resource type: CRVS clearinghouse

Source: Office for National Statistics, United Kingdom


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Report on the experiences of CRVS Fellows early in the COVID-19 pandemic: What resources are needed to better support CRVS personnel?

This short report presents the outcomes of a survey on the experiences of past CRVS Fellowship recipients during the early phases of the COVID-19 pandemic. The report aims to identify how CRVS personnel, particularly in low- to middle-income settings, could be better supported to respond to COVID-19.

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The role of COVID-19 in the death of SARS-CoV-2-positive patients: A study based on death certificates

Death certificates are considered the most reliable source of information to compare cause-specific mortality across countries. The aim of this study was to examine death certificates of persons who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 to (a) quantify the number of deaths directly caused by coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19); (b) estimate the most common complications leading to death; and (c) identify the most common comorbidities.

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Authors: Francesco Grippo, Simone Navarra, Chiara Orsi, Valerio Manno, Enrico Grande, Roberta Crialesi, Luisa Frova, Stefano Marchetti, Marilena Pappagallo, Silvia Simeoni, Lucilla Di Pasquale, Annamaria Carinci, Chiara Donfrancesco, Cinzia Lo Noce, Luigi Palmieri, Graziano Onder, Giada Minelli, and Italian National Institute of Health COVID-19 Mortality Group

Publication date: October 2020

Resource type: CRVS clearinghouse


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Video: How to certify and code COVID-19 deaths

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