Journal article

Who dies where? Estimating the percentage of deaths that occur at home.

Tim Adair

BMJ Glob Health | Published : 2021

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: The majority of low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs) have incomplete death registration systems and so the proportion of deaths that occur at home (ie, home death percentage) is generally unknown. However, home death percentage is important to estimate population-level causes of death from integration of data of deaths at home (verbal autopsies) and in hospitals (medical certification), and to monitor completeness of death notification and verbal autopsy data collection systems. This study proposes a method to estimate home death percentage using data readily available at the national and subnational level. METHODS: Data on place of death from 152 country-years in 49 ..

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