Table 2

Characteristics of the three studies used as data sources.

Malawi

Nepal

Zimbabwe


Neonatal mortality rate

27/1000[30].

33/1000[31]

24/1000[32]


Study period

1 year

3 years

2 years


Number of VA questionnaires

169

385

180


Questionnaire

Mixed open and closed questions

Mixed open and closed questions

Standard WHO tool incorporating open and closed questions (24)


Interviewers

5 lay Malawian interviewers with secondary education

Lay local field coordinators

45 midwife enumerators


Physician review

2 experienced local pediatricians

Predefined algorithm

3 causes of death

3 experienced local pediatricians

Predefined algorithm

1 cause of death

3 experienced local physicians

International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-10)

1 cause of death


Vergnano et al. Population Health Metrics 2011 9:48   doi:10.1186/1478-7954-9-48

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