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Table 3 Cause of death, according to different data sources and interpretation method

From: The quality and diagnostic value of open narratives in verbal autopsy: a mixed-methods analysis of partnered interviews from Malawi

  Physician review InterVA
Closed questions only Open narrative only Both
Number of assigned causes mean (range) 1.6 (1–3) 1.1 (1–2) 2.3 (1–5) 1 (1)
Inter-interviewer comparisona no. concordant pair (%) 9 (82 %) 6 (55 %) 9 (82 %) 6 (55 %)
  1. For all review methods 11 interview pairs (22 interview records) were analysed
  2. aInter-interviewer comparison represents the number interviews in which the same cause of death was assigned for any cause (not all causes)