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verbal autopsyJoe Segen2016-12-19T00:25:14+00:00
Definition An epidemiologic tool used to assess disease-specific mortality in countries with low autopsy rates, which is based on structured questionnaires filled out by family members after a person’s death.
The World Health Organisation published a revised shortened verbal autopsy questionnaire (called Release Candidate 1) in 2012, which is undergoing validation studies. Verbal autopsies can be inaccurate and could underreport deaths due to suicide, sexually-transmitted disease and, depending on who pulled the trigger, homicide.
Synonym Verbal autopsy instrument