Journal article

Measuring causes of death in populations: a new metric that corrects cause-specific mortality fractions for chance

Abraham D Flaxman, Peter T Serina, Bernardo Hernandez, Christopher JL Murray, Ian Riley, Alan D Lopez



BACKGROUND: Verbal autopsy is gaining increasing acceptance as a method for determining the underlying cause of death when the cause of death given on death certificates is unavailable or unreliable, and there are now a number of alternative approaches for mapping from verbal autopsy interviews to the underlying cause of death. For public health applications, the population-level aggregates of the underlying causes are of primary interest, expressed as the cause-specific mortality fractions (CSMFs) for a mutually exclusive, collectively exhaustive cause list. Until now, CSMF Accuracy is the primary metric that has been used for measuring the quality of CSMF estimation methods. Although it al..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia project grant, Improving methods to measure comparable mortality by cause (Grant no. 631494). CIs - ADL, IR, CJLM. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, interpretation of data, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript. The corresponding author had full access to all data analyzed and had final responsibility for the decision to submit this original research paper for publication.