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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
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Coding causes of death to statistical categories

WHO online ICD training tool

The WHO online ICD training tool is designed for self-learning and classroom use, and is recommended for coders, clinicians and managers. The course materials:

  • Provide an overview of coding
  • Focus on the different chapters of ICD-10
  • Give the minimum amount of required medical background
  • Provide short summaries.

The tool allows users to select the desired areas and pace of study. For example, a physician will skip the sections related to medical knowledge, while those at managerial level may choose to gather an overview of ICD-10 by taking a ‘short-track’ route through the training materials. 

Each chapter has a medical science section covering the relevant anatomy, physiology and diseases of the body. This ensures users who are unfamiliar with the basic medical sciences gain the background knowledge required for studying ICD coding. 

The tool consists of a user guide and 22 training modules. Special topics such as ethics, confidentiality, statistical presentation, death certification, and rules and guidelines for morbidity and mortality coding are also addressed. For training purposes, the three volumes of the ICD-10 are included. It is possible to translate the materials into other languages and the required permissions and translation guide are available on request.


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