About the conference

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, The University of Queensland School of Population Health and the Population Health Metrics journal co-hosted the Global Congress on Verbal Autopsy: State of the Science. The goal of the conference was to convene key researchers and those who work with verbal autopsy data to discuss important aspects of instrument design, analysis methods, and the use of verbal autopsy in national health information systems.

By convening a wide array of participants with different perspectives, we encouraged a greater exchange of ideas, collaboration, and intellectual innovation to advance the use and understanding of verbal autopsies as a mechanism for gathering valuable information about causes of death in populations.

Download the Global Congress Meeting agenda (161k pdf*)

Download the Abstracts for the oral presentations (359k pdf*)

Thematic series on verbal autopsy

Population Health Metrics published a thematic series on verbal autopsy in August 2011 with research that emerged from the Global Congress. “Verbal autopsy: innovations, applications, opportunities” is a collection of the most up-to-date research to help decision-makers choose the best and most cost-effective techniques to identify causes of death in their populations.

The innovations detailed in these papers represent a substantial increase in knowledge about the comparative performance of various methods to assign causes of death, from applications of methods used in current practice, including physician review, to a rigorous validation of new automated methods with significant potential for future application in routine national and research data collection platforms. Some of these new methods perform better, are cheaper, and produce faster results than physician review. This thematic series of Population Health Metrics should provide an opportunity for informed discussion and debate and hopefully will stimulate the widespread application of VA where it is needed.