Method of obtaining as much information as possible about a deceased person by asking questions of family and others who can describe the mode of death and circumstances preceding it; used especially in developing countries and in settings and situations in which postmortem pathologic examination is not feasible. Mentioned in? References in periodicals archive? Indian J Community Med.
Metrics details. Ascertaining the causes for deaths occurring outside health facilities is a significant problem in many developing countries where civil registration systems are not well developed or non-functional. Standardized and rigorous verbal autopsy methods is a potential solution to determine the cause of death.
Identifying the causes of death in a population is critical to inform planning, resource allocation, program implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. Since many countries lack complete vital registration systems with medical certification of deaths, cause of death information is often missing. Verbal autopsy VA can be used to determine individuals' causes of death and cause-specific mortality fractions in areas without a vital registration system. A standard VA instrument paired with easy-to-implement and reliable analytic methods could help bridge significant gaps in information about causes of death, particularly in resource-poor settings.