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Research Article

Validation of the Symptom Pattern Method for Analyzing Verbal Autopsy Data

  • Christopher J. L Murray mail,

    To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: cjlm@u.washington.edu

    Affiliation: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, United States of America

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  • Alan D Lopez,

    Affiliation: School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Herston, Queensland, Australia

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  • Dennis M Feehan,

    Affiliation: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, United States of America

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  • Shanon T Peter,

    Affiliation: Harvard Initiative for Global Health, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Gonghuan Yang

    Affiliation: China Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing, China

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  • Published: November 20, 2007
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0040327

About the Authors

Christopher J. L Murray, Dennis M Feehan
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, United States of America
Alan D Lopez
School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Herston, Queensland, Australia
Shanon T Peter
Harvard Initiative for Global Health, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America
Gonghuan Yang
China Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing, China

Corresponding Author

Email: cjlm@u.washington.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

CJLM and ADL conceived the idea for the study. CJLM led the analysis, DMF conducted analyses, STP analyzed the symptom data, and GY supervised the collection of the data. CJLM, ADL, and DMF wrote the first draft of the text.