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Table 3 Deaths (male and female) at ages 25–69 in hospital: comparison between cause of death on death certificate and verbal autopsy in Chennai, India in 1995–97:

From: Verbal autopsy of 48 000 adult deaths attributable to medical causes in Chennai (formerly Madras), India

Verbal autopsy only Cause of death on death certificate
Causes Vasc Resp Neop Infect Unsp Other Sp Total
1. Vascular disease (Vasc) 2114 196 19 11 947 129 3416
2. Respiratory diseases including pulmonary TB (Resp) 94 571 6 8 204 35 918
3. Neoplasm (Neop) 85 36 462 22 158 37 800
4. Infection (except Resp) (Infect) 51 29 4 203 111 53 451
5. Unspecified medical (unsp) 30 12 8 1 114 11 176
6.Other specific medical illness(Other Sp.) 219 67 11 45 319 892 1553
Total 2593 911 510 290 1853 1157 7314
  1. ICD9 Codes: Vasc- 390–415, 418–459; Resp – 011, 012, 018, 416, 417, 460–519; Neop- 140–239, Infect – 1–139, HIV, 320–326, 590, 680–686; Unsp – 780–789, 797–799; Other sp – rest of 000–799