Use of Smartphone for Verbal Autopsy.


Journal Article

Traditionally, verbal autopsies (VA) are collected on paper-based questionnaires and reviewed by physicians for cause of death assignment, it is resource intensive and time consuming. The Population Health Metrics Research Consortium VA questionnaires was made available on an Android-based application and cause of death was derived using the Tariff method. Over one year, all adult deaths occurring in 48 villages in 4 counties were identified and a VA interview was conducted using the smartphone VA application. A total of 507 adult deaths were recorded and VA interviews were conducted. Cardiovascular disease was the leading cause of death (35.3%) followed by injury (14.6%) and neoplasms (13.5%). The total cost of the pilot study was USD28 835 (USD0.42 per capita). The interviewers found use of smartphones to conduct interviews to be easier. The study showed that using a smartphone application for VA interviews was feasible for implementation in rural China.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Zhao, Y; Joshi, R; Rampatige, R; Sun, J; Huang, L; Chen, S; Wu, R; Neal, B; Lopez, AD; Stewart, AL; Serina, PT; Li, C; Zhang, J; Zhang, J; Zhang, Y; Yan, LL

Published Date

  • October 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 601 - 610

PubMed ID

  • 27609182

Pubmed Central ID

  • 27609182

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1941-2479

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1010-5395

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1010539516667780


  • eng