Verbal autopsy: a tool for determining cause of death in a community

N. M. Mirza, W. M. Macharia, E. M. Wafula, R. O. Agwanda, F. E. Onyango

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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. -Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)693-698
Number of pages6
JournalEast African Medical Journal
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1990


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