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Research Article

Moving from Data on Deaths to Public Health Policy in Agincourt, South Africa: Approaches to Analysing and Understanding Verbal Autopsy Findings

  • Peter Byass mail,

    peter.byass@epiph.umu.se

    Affiliation: Umeå Centre for Global Health Research, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Umeå University, Sweden

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  • Kathleen Kahn,

    Affiliations: Umeå Centre for Global Health Research, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Umeå University, Sweden, MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit (Agincourt), School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

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  • Edward Fottrell,

    Affiliation: Umeå Centre for Global Health Research, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Umeå University, Sweden

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  • Mark A. Collinson,

    Affiliations: Umeå Centre for Global Health Research, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Umeå University, Sweden, MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit (Agincourt), School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

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  • Stephen M. Tollman

    Affiliations: Umeå Centre for Global Health Research, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Umeå University, Sweden, MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit (Agincourt), School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

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  • Published: August 17, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1000325

About the Authors

Peter Byass, Kathleen Kahn, Edward Fottrell, Mark A. Collinson, Stephen M. Tollman
Umeå Centre for Global Health Research, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Umeå University, Sweden
Kathleen Kahn, Mark A. Collinson, Stephen M. Tollman
MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit (Agincourt), School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Corresponding Author

Email: peter.byass@epiph.umu.se

Competing Interests

Professor Byass is a member of the PLoS Medicine Editorial Board.

Author Contributions

ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: PB KK EF MAC SMT. Agree with the manuscript's results and conclusions: PB KK EF MAC SMT. Designed the experiments/the study: PB. Analyzed the data: PB SMT. Collected data/did experiments for the study: KK MAC SMT. Wrote the first draft of the paper: PB. Contributed to the writing of the paper: KK MAC SMT. Primarily responsible for developing the verbal autopsy instrument, training of field workers, managing physician assessments, and approach to analyses based on physician assessment: KK. Worked with the VA data and the InterVA model: EF. Responsible for data integrity: MAC.