Use of smartphone for verbal autopsy: results from a pilot study in rural China

Zhao, Yi, Joshi, Rohina, Rampatige, Rasika, Sun, Jixin, Huang, Liping, Chen, Shu, Wu, Ruijin, Neal, Bruce, Lopez, Alan D., Stewart, Andrea L., Serina, Peter T., Li, Cong, Zhang, Jing, Zhang, Jianxin, Zhang, Yuhong and Yan, Lijing L. (2016) Use of smartphone for verbal autopsy: results from a pilot study in rural China. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 28 7: 601-610. doi:10.1177/1010539516667780

Author Zhao, Yi
Joshi, Rohina
Rampatige, Rasika
Sun, Jixin
Huang, Liping
Chen, Shu
Wu, Ruijin
Neal, Bruce
Lopez, Alan D.
Stewart, Andrea L.
Serina, Peter T.
Li, Cong
Zhang, Jing
Zhang, Jianxin
Zhang, Yuhong
Yan, Lijing L.
Title Use of smartphone for verbal autopsy: results from a pilot study in rural China
Journal name Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1010-5395
Publication date 2016-10-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1010539516667780
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 28
Issue 7
Start page 601
End page 610
Total pages 10
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Subject 2739 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Abstract 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.
Keyword Verbal autopsy
Global health
Health informatics
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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