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

Volume 1: Tabular list

Volume 1 of the ICD-10 has 22 chapters, most of which cover particular body systems, special diseases or external factors. There are, however, two exceptions: Chapter XVIII: Symptoms, signs, and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified and Chapter XXII: Codes for special purposes. The broad chapter titles indicate the wide range of conditions included, with a large number of codes required to cover them all. 

Each chapter is divided into blocks of related conditions which are then subdivided into three-character categories and four-character (and subsequent) subcategories. The use of an alphabetical character at the beginning of each of the three-character codes results in more than 2600 such codes being available – each of which can have up to 10 four-character subcategories.

ICD-10 Volume tabular list

Health Information Systems Knowledge Hub (2012). Strengthening civil registration and vital statistics for births, deaths and causes of death: resource kit. University of Queensland. 

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World Health Organization (2016).  International statistical classification of diseases and related health problems,  10th revision, vol. 2, 5th edition. Geneva, World Health Organization. 

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