Estimating population cause-specific mortality fractions from in-hospital mortality: validation of a new method
Published in PLoS Medicine, November 2007
Researchers at IHME propose a method of estimating cause-specific mortality fractions (CSMFs), or the fraction of all deaths due to a specific cause. The study, Estimating population cause-specific mortality fractions from in-hospital mortality: validation of a new method, illustrates how this novel method can allow countries to utilize data already collected on in-hospital deaths to estimate the CSMFs in a population. This could be a valuable tool to help countries develop cause of death estimates, especially in countries without complete vital registration systems. The work was done in collaboration with scientists at the University of Queensland, the Harvard Initiative for Global Health, and the Ministry of Health in Mexico.