A Time to Mourn: Cultural Considerations and Community Preferences for Verbal Autopsy in Vietnam

Brolan, C. E., Rao, C., Nguyen, H. T., Chi Nguyen, Q. T., Le Thi, H. H., Dawkins, Z., Hill, P. S. and Nao, A. D. (2014) A Time to Mourn: Cultural Considerations and Community Preferences for Verbal Autopsy in Vietnam. Vietnam Journal of Public Health, 2 1: 4-12.

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Author Brolan, C. E.
Rao, C.
Nguyen, H. T.
Chi Nguyen, Q. T.
Le Thi, H. H.
Dawkins, Z.
Hill, P. S.
Nao, A. D.
Title A Time to Mourn: Cultural Considerations and Community Preferences for Verbal Autopsy in Vietnam
Journal name Vietnam Journal of Public Health
ISSN 1859-1132
Publication date 2014-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 2
Issue 1
Start page 4
End page 12
Total pages 9
Place of publication Hanoi, Vietnam
Publisher Public Health Association of Vietnam
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Reliable mortality data becomes necessary to realise the full functioning of national health systems. Verbal autopsy (VA) is a viable tool to identify cause-of-death in Vietnam and has already utilised in a number of studies. This qualitative study (in-depth interviews and focus group discussions) had been done with the aim to examine the views of six ethnic groups in Vietnam on the suitable timing for implementing VA after a death. Recommendations on what were the suitable timing varied significantly between minorities ethnic groups, reflecting their particular cultural beliefs and burial practices. For the dominant Kinh people, the suitable timing for VA was around 49-100 days after the funeral. By providing better understanding of the best timing for VA interview, our study enables researchers to optimally use VA methods, producing more reliable data for mortality rates and cause of death in the lack of a complete vital registration in Vietnam.
Keyword Verbal autopsy
Cause-of-death
Cultural beliefs
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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