Associated Press: Verbal autopsies used in push to better track global deaths (4) Social autopsies (4)

6 October, 2019

Dear Neil,

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 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.


Peter Byass

Professor of Global Health

Department of Epidemiology and Global Health

Umeå University


Tel. +46 90 786 5141

HIFA profile: Peter Byass is Professor of Global Health and Director, Umea Centre for Global Health Research, Sweden. peter.byass AT