- Performed by a pathologist, the more traditional complete diagnostic autopsy has historically been the gold standard to investigate cause of death. The procedure relies on invasive procedures to obtain organs and tissue samples for pathological analysis.
- A verbal autopsy uses the analysis of signs, symptoms and demographics derived from structured interviews by a trained interviewer of family, friends, and caretakers to determine cause of death.
- MITS is less-invasive and uses fine-needle biopsy to collect small amounts of tissue and fluid from key organs.
Evidence in action in which the results from MITS-inform cause of death research are being used to develop, implement interventions, or inform policy addressing public health challenges therefore reducing preventable mortality globally. Read more about current or recent evidence-in-action stories