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Estimating causes of out-of-hospital deaths in China: application of SmartVA methods

Jinlei Qi, Tim Adair, Hafizur R Chowdhury, Hang Li, Deirdre McLaughlin, Yunning Liu, Jiangmei Liu, Xinying Zeng, Jinling You, Sonja Firth, Renee Sorchik, Peng Yin, Lijun Wang, Maigeng Zhou, Alan D Lopez



BACKGROUND: Most deaths in China occur at home, making it difficult to collect reliable cause of death (CoD) information. Verbal autopsy (VA) was applied using the SmartVA tool to a sample of home deaths in China to explore its feasibility as a means of improving the quality of CoD data. METHODS: The study was carried out in 22 districts in 9 provinces, located in north-east, central, and western areas of China during 2017 and 2018. Trained interviewers selected suitable respondents in each household to collect information using the Population Health Metrics Research Consortium (PHMRC) shortened and validated electronic VA questionnaire on tablets. The CoD was diagnosed from the interview da..

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