verbal autopsy

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verbal autopsy

EPIDEMIOLOGY, PATHOLOGY

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 

Reference http://www.who.int/healthinfo/statistics/verbalautopsystandards/en/

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