Thanks for your point here. Medical causes of death are of course important, but I agree that the circumstances of deaths (including care given, etc.) are also vital. Our recently released InterVA-5 model, which processes WHO-2016 verbal autopsy data automatically, also includes for the first time “circumstances of mortality categories” or COMCATs for every death. It’s mentioned in principle in https://bmcmedicine.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12916-019-1333-6 but we hope very shortly to have a paper out that describes all the details of COMCATs. Will let you have the details when it comes out.
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