Dataset: A consolidated and harmonised Verbal Autopsy dataset from Health and Demographic Surveillance Sites in South Africa [version 1; peer review: awaiting peer review]

Eilidh Cowan* (Corresponding Author), L D'Ambruoso, Jessica Price, Edward Fottrell, Kobus Herbst

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Abstract

This data note provides details of the development of a Verbal Autopsy (VA) dataset produced with the South African Population Research Infrastructure Network (SAPRIN) drawing on datasets from health and socio-demographic surveillance sites’ (HDSS) ‘ covering a population of over 250,000 in two rural provinces in South Africa for the period 2012-2019. The purpose of the data set was to refine an analytical tool within VA, which provides unique information on care seeking and utilisation at and around the time of death complementary to that of medical cause of death. On an individual basis, the dataset includes demographic data, probable cause of death data, and data on care seeking and utilisation at or around the time of death drawn from longitudinal population cohorts. The purpose of this publication is to describe both the dataset and methods in formatting and processing the data for other researchers who may be interested in similar data. The data described in this paper are available to be requested from the respective HDSS repositories.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalF1000Research
Volume12
Issue number520
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2023

Bibliographical note

Acknowledgements
The authors acknowledge the South African Population Research Infrastructure Network (SAPRIN), the African Health Research Institute (AHRI) and the MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit (Agincourt) for their support. The authors gratefully acknowledge Chodwizadziwa Kabudula, Daniel Mahlangu, Dickman Gareta, Siyabonga Nxumalofrom and Joseph Tlouyamma from the Agincourt, AHRI and DIMAMO HDSSs who supported with data, and individuals who supported the development and maintenance of the OpenVA software.
Grant information: Conceptualisation of COMCAT was supported through a parent study funded by the Joint Health Systems Research Initiative from Department for International Development (DFID)/Medical Research Council (MRC)/Wellcome Trust/Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) (MR/ P014844/1). Support was also provided through the UKRI Covid-19 Extension Allocation Fund (RG15639-15) and by the University of Aberdeen and the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) (SF10206-45). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript

Keywords

  • South Africa
  • Verbal Autopsy
  • Cause of death
  • Circumstances of mortality

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