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Verbal autopsy: a tool for determining cause of death in a community
East African Medical Journal
  • Nazrat M. Mirza, University of Nairobi
  • William Macharia, Aga Khan University
  • Ezekiel Wafula, University of Nairobi
  • Francis E. Onyango, University of Nairobi
  • R. O. Agwanda, University of Nairobi
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Verbal autopsy was used to determine causes of death in 239 Kenyan children under the age of 5 years. The diagnosis derived from verbal autopsy was corroborated with hospital diagnosis in 39 cases. There was concurrence of diagnosis in 72% of the cases. Using the diagnosis of bronchopneumonia to validate the method, verbal autopsy was found to have a sensitivity of 71%, specificity of 92%, and a positive predictive value of 85%. Recall period up to 29 months after death was found to be reliable.
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Nazrat M. Mirza, William Macharia, Ezekiel Wafula, Francis E. Onyango, et al.. "Verbal autopsy: a tool for determining cause of death in a community" East African Medical Journal Vol. 67 Iss. 10 (1990) p. 693 - 698
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