Global Alert and Response (GAR)

Investigating cause of death during an outbreak of Ebola virus haemorrhagic fever: draft verbal autopsy instrument

WHO/CDS/CSR/GAR/2003.12


Investigating cause of death during an outbreak of Ebola virus haemorrhagic fever: draft verbal autopsy instrument

1. Background
2. Review of previous experience with verbal autopsy
2.1 Instruments used in previous outbreaks of EHF
2.2 Instruments used in other settings
3. Practical considerations for conducting verbal autopsy studies during Ebola haemorrhagic fever outbreaks
3.1 Identifying recent deaths
3.2 Adapting the verbal autopsy questionnaire to the local situation
3.3 Interviewers
3.4 Respondents
3.5 Rescheduling an interview if the respondent is not available
3.6 Coding the questionnaire
4. Validation study
4.1 What is a validation study?
4.2 Possible settings for a validation study
4.3 The sample
4.4 Developing algorithms
4.5 Analysing the data from the validation study
5. The questionnaire
5.1 Order of questions
5.2 Contacts
5.3 The open history section
5.4 Specific questions on symptoms and signs of EHF
5.5 Pregnancy
5.6 Diseases with similar features occurring at the same time
5.7 Chronic diseases
6. References
Appendix A: Instruction page for carrying out a verbal autopsy study
Appendix B: Verbal autopsy questionnaire
Appendix C: Coding cause of death

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