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Table 3 Absolute and relative frequencies of social and health systems indicators as proportions of numbers of deaths, by COD categories

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

  Recognition Access Quality of care  
Category of COD Doubts about the need for care Use of traditional medicine Overall costs prohibitive Did not use cellphone Did not travel to hospital/ health facility >2 h to hospital/ health facility Did not use motor transporta Problems with admissiona Problems with treatmenta Problems with medicationsa Total number of deaths n (%)
Infectious 28 (5.0) 102 (18.1) 254 (45.2) 178 (31.7) 123 (21.9) 6 (1.1) 9 (2.1) 8 (1.8) 17 (3.9) 19 (4.3) 562 (47.0)
Non-communicable 22 (4.7) 53 (11.3) 165 (35.3) 168 (35.9) 154 (32.9) 1 (0.2) 6 (1.9) 8 (2.5) 10 (3.2) 8 (2.5) 468 (39.1)
External   1 (1.2) 4 (4.7) 71 (82.6) 71 (82.6)   1 (6.7)     86 (7.2)
Indeterminate 3 (5.6) 4 (7.4) 6 (11.1) 31 (57.4) 34 (63.0)    2 (10.0) 1 (5.0)   54 (4.5)
Neonatal   1 (5.3) 3 (15.8) 11 (57.9) 7 (36.8)       19 (1.6)
Maternal     3 (42.9) 2 (28.6)     1 (20.0)   7 (0.6)
            1196 (100.0)
Total number of indicators reported n (%) 53 (4.4) 161 (13.5) 432 (36.1) 462 (38.6) 391 (32.7) 7 (0.6) 16 (2.0) 18 (2.2) 29 (3.6) 27 (3.4)  
  1. aDenominator for the relative frequency was the number of deaths that had travelled to a hospital or health facility
  2. N.B. Respondents were able to indicate more than one social and health system indicator for each death reported. Proportional frequencies of the new indicators therefore sum to >100 %