This paper presents the results of an international workshop convened to examine verbal autopsy methods with the goal of achieving a consensus on methodological approaches. A verbal autopsy is an interview designed to identify specific medical syndromes, using information about the terminal illness elicited from relatives of the deceased person. Particular attention is paid to the difficulties of cause-specific mortality of children in developing countries.
Although PRA is not mentioned directly this article will be of interest to managers of government health information systems concerned with understanding causes of death.
Workshop on verbal autopsy methods
Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health
International Union for the Scientific Study of Population