The accurate interpretation of mortality surveys in humanitarian crises is useful for both publichealth responses and security responses. Recent examples suggest that few medical personnel andresearchers can accurately interpret the validity of a mortality survey in these settings. Using anexample of a mortality survey from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), we demonstrateimportant methodological considerations that readers should keep in mind when reading amortality survey to determine the validity of the study and the applicability of the findings to theirsettings.
Conflict and Health 2008, 2:9 doi:10.1186/1752-1505-2-9
Conflict and Health
Users' Guides to the Medical Literature: How to Use an Article about Mortality in a Humanitarian Emergency
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