OBJECTIVE: The validity of the underlying cause of death on death notification forms was assessed by comparing it to the underlying cause determined independently from medical records. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: Retrospective study of 703 deaths in two suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa. Two medical doctors completed a medical review death certificate to validate the registration death certificate for each decedent. Agreement, sensitivity, and positive predictive value were measured for under...Expand abstract
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Validation study of cause of death statistics in Cape Town, South Africa, found poor agreement.
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