A feasibility study on using smartphones to conduct short-version verbal autopsies in rural China

by Jing Zhang, Rohina Joshi, Jixin Sun et al.
Population Health Metrics, 2016 14:31 – Published: 20 August 2016

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This study evaluates the feasibility and acceptability of a smartphone-based shortened version of a verbal autopsy survey “msVA” conducted by township health care providers (THP) and village doctors (VD) in rural China, where a large proportion of deaths occur in homes and cause of death data are inaccurate or lacking. The authors conclude that conduction of msVA by VDs in their own villages was feasible and acceptable in rural northern China. Broader implementation of msVA across rural China could potentially improve the coverage and quality of cause of death data, allowing for better national health evaluation and program planning.

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