Performance criteria for verbal autopsy-based systems to estimate national causes of death: development and application to the Indian Million Death Study

@inproceedings{Aleksandrowicz2014PerformanceCF,
  title={Performance criteria for verbal autopsy-based systems to estimate national causes of death: development and application to the Indian Million Death Study},
  author={Lukasz Aleksandrowicz and Varun Malhotra and Rajesh Prabhakar Dikshit and P. C. Gupta and Rajesh Kumar and Jay K Sheth and Suresh Kumar Rathi and Wilson Suraweera and Pierre Miasnikof and Raju M. Jotkar and Dhirendra Narain Sinha and Shally Awasthi and Prakash Bhatia and Prabhat Jha},
  booktitle={BMC medicine},
  year={2014}
}
BACKGROUND Verbal autopsy (VA) has been proposed to determine the cause of death (COD) distributions in settings where most deaths occur without medical attention or certification. We develop performance criteria for VA-based COD systems and apply these to the Registrar General of India's ongoing, nationally-representative Indian Million Death Study (MDS). METHODS Performance criteria include a low ill-defined proportion of deaths before old age; reproducibility, including consistency of COD… CONTINUE READING
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