Monitoring progress with national and subnational health goals by integrating verbal autopsy and medically certified cause of death data.
Tim Adair, Sonja Firth, Tint Pa Pa Phyo, Khin Sandar Bo, Alan D Lopez
BMJ Glob Health | Published : 2021
INTRODUCTION: The measurement of progress towards many Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and other health goals requires accurate and timely all-cause and cause of death (COD) data. However, existing guidance to countries to calculate these indicators is inadequate for populations with incomplete death registration and poor-quality COD data. We introduce a replicable method to estimate national and subnational cause-specific mortality rates (and hence many such indicators) where death registration is incomplete by integrating data from Medical Certificates of Cause of Death (MCCOD) for hospital deaths with routine verbal autopsy (VA) for community deaths. METHODS: The integration method ca..View full abstract