Sample Vital Registration with Verbal Autopsy: Verbal Autopsy Certifier and Coder's Manual

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Author(s): Hemed Y, Mswia R, Whiting D, Williams D, Chandramohan D, Rao C, Semu G, Setel P

Year: 2007


Sample Vital Registration with Verbal Autopsy (SAVVY) is a library of best practice methods for improving the quality of vital statistics where high coverage of civil registration and/or good cause of death data are not available. This manual provides an overview of cause-of-death certification and an outline of the step-by-step process involved in coding information collected from verbal autopsy procedures. Guidelines for diagnostic criteria for symptoms and signs for common conditions that are encountered in verbal autopsy procedures are included. This manual also serves as a basic training and reference guide for verbal autopsy cause-of-death certification and WHO International Classification of Disease (ICD) coding. The coding process follows the guidelines provided in three volumes of ICD-10.

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