Users' guides to the medical literature: how to use an article about mortality in a humanitarian emergency


Mills, EJ; Checchi, F; Orbinski, JJ; Schull, MJ; Burkle, FMJr; Beyrer, C; Cooper, C; Hardy, C; Singh, S; Garfield, R; Woodruff, BA; Guyatt, GH; (2008) Users' guides to the medical literature: how to use an article about mortality in a humanitarian emergency. Confl Health, 2. p. 9. ISSN 1752-1505 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/1752-1505-2-9

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Abstract

: The accurate interpretation of mortality surveys in humanitarian crises is useful for both public health responses and security responses. Recent examples suggest that few medical personnel and researchers can accurately interpret the validity of a mortality survey in these settings. Using an example of a mortality survey from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), we demonstrate important methodological considerations that readers should keep in mind when reading a mortality survey to determine the validity of the study and the applicability of the findings to their settings.<br/>

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research Centre: ECOHOST - The Centre for Health and Social Change
Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre
PubMed ID: 18826636
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/3501

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