Key Resources

Note: Resources will be periodically updated as new content is made available. Page last updated on Oct 25 2018 11:39:16 (EST)

From job aids, to key studies, to online courses, below are key resources to learn about implementing MITS.

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Cause of Death

Determination of Cause of Death (DeCoDe) Diagnosis standards; Guidance for standardized interpretation of CHAMPS data

Created in 2017 by the Child Health And Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) Network, this protocol provides guidance for diagnosis standards for assigning cause of death in children including assigning levels of certainty and linking each diagnosis with ICD-10 codes.

Validity of a minimally invasive autopsy tool for cause of death determination in pediatric deaths in Mozambique: An observational study

Published in 2017 as part of the CaDMIA project, this observational study describes minimally invasive autopsy and concordance rates in determining cause of death compared with conventional autopsy in pediatric deaths in Mozambique.

Validity of a minimally invasive autopsy tool for cause of death determination in maternal deaths in Mozambique: An observational study

Published in 2017 as part of the CaDMIA project, this observational study describes minimally invasive autopsy and concordance rates in determining cause of death compared with conventional autopsy in maternal deaths in Mozambique.

Validity of a minimally invasive autopsy tool for cause of death determination in stillborn babies and neonates in Mozambique: An observational study

Published in 2017 as part of the CaDMIA project, this observational study describes minimally invasive autopsy and concordance rates in determining cause of death compared with conventional autopsy in stillborn and neonatal deaths in Mozambique.

Course on Death Certification

This online self-study module by the WHO provides instruction and guidance for completing the international certificate of cause of death.

International Death Certificate Quick Reference Guide

This quick reference guide might serve as a pocket reference for completing the International Death Certificate with ICD-10 coding.

University of Melbourne Handbook for physicians on cause of death certification

This handbook includes generic guidelines for certifying cause of death, particularly in LMICs.

Pathology/Microbiology

Infectious cause of death determination using minimally invasive autopsies in developing countries

Published in 2016 by the CaDMIA project, this manuscript describes the pathological procedures including histological and microbiological analysis conducted as part of a minimally invasive autopsy.

Pathological Methods Applied to the Investigation of Causes of Death in Developing Countries: Minimally Invasive Autopsy Approach

Published in 2015 by the CaDMIA project, this manuscript describes the procedure for the collection of bodily fluids and tissue samples as part of a minimally invasive autopsy.

Social Behavioral Sciences

Assessment of community perceptions and the feasibility of conducting child mortality and pregnancy surveillance

Created by the Child Health And Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) Network this protocol describes the methods and outcomes used in this formative research to evaluate the cultural, social, religious and geographical factors affecting the feasibility of conducting MITS in children under 5 years.

Other Resources

Verbal Autopsy Manual and Guidelines for simplified use

Created by the WHO, this 2016 manual provides detailed instructions and guidelines for conducting Verbal Autopsies for all age groups and includes sample forms, guidance for assigning cause of death and links the causes of death with ICD-10 codes.