Verbal Autopsy - Concept and Role in Indian Scenario


  • Soumalya Ray
  • Dilip Kumar Das





Mortality statistics plays a very important role in creating an information pool about the prevalent diseases in the community.1,2 Life and Death - are two universal events of life with a defined and clear outcome which is easy to understand2 even for people with no medical background. Enumeration of births and deaths in the community within a defined time period helps us to have an idea about the crude birth rate and crude death rate, respectively. In absence of a well developed, reliable health information system, often, these are the only reliable health information available to us.3,4

Enumerating the births and deaths in the community has a very long history - both nationally and globally. There is a tradition among Hindus - to record the death of near and dear ones while completing the religious ceremony in memory of the passed ones in Haridwar.5 This provides a geneaology tree of family members died. In Europe, church members used to enumerate the births and deaths in the community and usually considered as a reliable source of information.6,7




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Ray, S. ., & Das, D. K. . (2019). Verbal Autopsy - Concept and Role in Indian Scenario. Journal of Comprehensive Health, 7(2), 12–15.



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