Journal article

Improving cause of death certification in the Philippines: implementation of an electronic verbal autopsy decision support tool (SmartVA auto-analyse) to aid physician diagnoses of out-of-facility deaths

Rohina Joshi, RH Hazard, Pasyodun Koralage Buddhika Mahesh, L Mikkelsen, F Avelino, Carmina Sarmiento, A Segarra, T Timbang, F Sinson, Patrick Diango, I Riley, H Chowdhury, Irma L Asuncion, G Khanom, Alan D Lopez

BMC PUBLIC HEALTH | BMC | Published : 2021


BACKGROUND: The majority of deaths in the Philippines occur out-of-facility and require a medical certificate of cause of death by Municipal Health Officers (MHOs) for burial. MHOs lack a standardised certification process for out-of-facility deaths and when no medical records are available, certify a high proportion of ill-defined causes of death. We aimed to develop and introduce SmartVA Auto-Analyse, a verbal autopsy (VA) based electronic decision support tool in order to assist the MHOs in certifying out-of-facility deaths. METHOD: We conducted a stakeholder consultation, process mapping and a pre-test to assess feasibility and acceptability of SmartVA Auto-Analyse. MHOs were first asked..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This project was funded under an award from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to the University of Melbourne to support the Data for Health Initiative. The funders had no role in the study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish or preparation of the manuscript.