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Causes of death and associated conditions (Codac) – a utilitarian approach to the classification of perinatal deaths

By J Frederik Frøen, Halit Pinar, Vicki Flenady, Safiah Bahrin, Adrian Charles, Lawrence Chauke, Katie Day, Charles W Duke, Fabio Facchinetti, Ruth C Fretts, Glenn Gardener, Kristen Gilshenan, Sanne J Gordijn, Adrienne Gordon, Grace Guyon, Catherine Harrison, Rachel Koshy, Robert C Pattinson, Karin Petersson, Laurie Russell, Eli Saastad, Gordon CS Smith and Rozbeh Torabi


A carefully classified dataset of perinatal mortality will retain the most significant information on the causes of death. Such information is needed for health care policy development, surveillance and international comparisons, clinical services and research. For comparability purposes, we propose a classification system that could serve all these needs, and be applicable in both developing and developed countries. It is developed to adhere to basic concepts of underlying cause in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), although gaps in ICD prevent classification of perinatal deaths solely on existing ICD codes

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