by Shubash Shander Ganapathy, Yi Yi Khoo, Mohd Omar Azahadi et al.
BMC Public Health, 2017 17:653 – Published: 11 August 2017
Mortality statistics by age, sex and cause are the foundation of basic health data required for health status assessment, epidemiological research and formation of health policy. Close to half the deaths in Malaysia occur outside a health facility, are not attended by medical personnel, and are given a lay opinion as to the cause of death, leading to poor quality of data from vital registration. Verbal autopsy (VA) is a very useful tool in diagnosing broad causes of deaths for events that occur outside health facilities. This article reports the development of the VA methods and the principal finding from a validation study.