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Use of verbal autopsy for assessing the Causes of Death in Sangrur and Mansa districts of Punjab (COD Study)


Introduction

  • India is undergoing rapid epidemiological transition.
  • Causes of death (COD) are key indicators of the health effects of the transition.
  • COD statistics are extremely limited in India. The percentage of medically certified deaths to total registered deaths, among major states, ranges between 4% in West Bengal and 34% in Maharashtra.
  • Reliable data on COD is vital for formulating and implementing health interventions and prioritizing health services research in the country.
  • In India, the Registrar General of India has successfully used Verbal autopsy (VA) to collect information on COD within the Sample Registration System (SRS) units.


Rationale for the COD Study

  • This study is aimed at understanding the performance of physician coded Verbal Autopsy vs. computer coded Verbal Autopsy.


Study Objectives

  • To assess the causes of death in Sangrur and Mansa districts of Punjab using data collected by lay reporter and coded by physicians.
  • To compare the performance of Physician coding with Computer coding at population level.


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