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Table 4 Deaths (male and female) at ages 25–69 not 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) 4670 183 18 11 2593 94 7569
2. Respiratory diseases including pulmonary TB (Resp) 290 1438 13 16 971 46 2774
3. Neoplasm (Neop) 297 74 1182 24 670 41 2288
4. Infection (except Resp) (Infect) 103 38 2 217 399 49 808
5. Unspecified medical (unsp) 88 25 20 3 1596 15 1747
6.Other specific medical illness(Other Sp.) 372 53 12 194 1114 856 2601
Total 5820 1811 1247 465 7343 1101 17787
  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 medical causes