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Measuring adult mortality in developing countries : a review and assessment of methods (English)

In most developing countries, data collection methods in the civil registration system and health services are woefully inadequate and methods for adjusting them apply only at the national level. The authors argue that the best way to collect data on adult mortality is probably to combine sample community based health reporting systems and singleround surveys in which respondents are asked about the survival of various relatives. The method's main limitation is that it provides rather broad, nonspecific measures of mortality - but these are adequate for allocation of resources, which is likely to be affected only by large differences.

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Timaeus, Ian Graham, Wendy

Measuring adult mortality in developing countries : a review and assessment of methods (English). Policy, Planning and Research Department working papers ; no. WPS 155 Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/386261468765039030/Measuring-adult-mortality-in-developing-countries-a-review-and-assessment-of-methods