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Table 1 Questions on social and health systems factors at and around the time of death

From: Moving from medical to health systems classifications of deaths: extending verbal autopsy to collect information on the circumstances of mortality

  Theme Question

Care Pathway Home-To-Hospital
Recognition of severity In the final days before death, were there any doubts about whether medical care was needed?
   In the final days before death, was traditional medicine used?
  Mobilising assets to seek care In the final days before death, did anyone use a telephone or cell phone to call for help?
   Did (s)he use motorised transport to get to the hospital or health facility?
  Access to care Over the course of illness, did the total costs of care and treatment prohibit other household payments?
   In the final days before death, did s/he travel to a hospital or health facility?
   Does it take more than 2 h to get to the nearest hospital or health facility from the deceased's household?
  Quality of care Were there any problems during admission to the hospital or health facility?
   Were there any problems with the way (s)he was treated (medical treatment, procedures, interpersonal attitudes, respect, dignity) in the hospital or health facility?
   Were there any problems getting medications, or diagnostic tests in the hospital or health facility?