Table 2

Frequency distribution of causes of death from VA and hospital records
Cause of Death Selected VA deceased adults (n = 335)* Selected hospital adult deaths (n = 335)* Actual VA diagnoses [10]
Number % ( 95% CI) Number % (95% CI) % (95% CI)
Communicable Diseases
HIV/AIDS 97 29 (24–34) 69 21(16–25) 19 (17.8–20.3)
Tuberculosis 77 23 (18–28) 48 14 (11–18) 12 (11.3–13.5)
Respiratory Tract Infections 14 4 (2–6) 14 4 (2–6) 3 (2.2–3.3)
Meningitis 7 2 (0.5–4) 7 2 (0.5–4) 1
Non Communicable Diseases
Malignant neoplasm 28 8 (5–11) 28 8 (5–11) 10 (9.4–11.3)
Diabetes Mellitus 15 4 (2–7) 14 4 (2–7) 5 (4.2–5.6)
Cardiovascular diseases 75 22 (18–27) 83 25 (20–29) 24 (22.5–25.2)
 Hypertension 38 11(8–15) 22 7 (4–9) 12 (10.5–12.5)
 Stroke 33 10 (7–13) 25 7 (5–10) 11(9.9–11.9)
Respiratory diseases 7 2 (0.5–4) 17 5 (3–7) 3 (2.5–3.6)
Digestive Diseases 34 10 (7–13) 36 11(7–14) 9 (7.9–9.7)
 Chronic Liver Disease 17 5 (3–7) 12 4 (2–6) 4 (3.8–5.1)
 Peptic Ulcer Disease 2 1 5 2(1–4) 1
Genitourinary Diseases 12 4 (2–6) 8 2 (1–4) 4 (3.1–4.3)
Injuries
Unintentional 21 6 (4–9) 14 4 (2–6) 3 (2.2–3.3)
 Road traffic accidents 17 4(3–7) 14 2(2–6) 2
Intentional (Suicide…) 2 1 2 1 2
Undetermined 10 3 (1–5) 2 1 7 (6.0–7.7)
Total 335 100 335 100 100

*Total may not be exactly 335 because multiple causes of death used in the verbal autopsy and hospital diagnosis.

Misganaw et al.

Misganaw et al. BMC Medical Research Methodology 2012 12:130   doi:10.1186/1471-2288-12-130

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