Verbal autopsy: a tool for determining cause of death in a community
Paediatrics and Child Health (East Africa)
Verbal autopsy was used to determine causes of death in 239 Kenyan children under the age of 5 years. The diagnosis derived from verbal autopsy was corroborated with hospital diagnosis in 39 cases. There was concurrence of diagnosis in 72% of the cases. Using the diagnosis of bronchopneumonia to validate the method, verbal autopsy was found to have a sensitivity of 71%, specificity of 92%, and a positive predictive value of 85%. Recall period up to 29 months after death was found to be reliable.
East African Medical Journal
Mirza, N. M.,
Onyango, F. E.,
Agwanda, R. O.
(1990). Verbal autopsy: a tool for determining cause of death in a community. East African Medical Journal, 67(10), 693-698.
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