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Commitment in the completion of the medical certificate of death. Evaluation in Belém, Pará, Brazil in 2010.
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PMID:  23849712     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the completion of medical certificates of death in Belém, state of Pará, Brazil in 2010.
METHODS: In the present study, 800 medical certificates of non-violent death, randomly chosen, and produced in 2010 were analyzed. Regarding correct completion, all fields of the document were evaluated, except for fields I (reserved for civil registries), V (stillbirth or death under age of one year), and VIII (external causes/violent death). Each field was analyzed regarding the following parameters: incomplete fields, fields left blank, illegibility, and incorrect completions.
RESULTS: Based on the data collected, very high rates of errors in completion were observed; 98.7% of the certificates had at least one mistake. The most remarkable and important mistakes were found in field VI, intended for the cause of death, with a frequency of error of 71.5%, especially due to vagueness.
CONCLUSION: The very high rates of poorly completed medical certificates of death highlights a significant failure in the medical schools' curriculum, as well as a lack of continuing medical education programs addressing such topic of paramount importance. The results demonstrated neglect or lack of knowledge on the pathophysiology of diseases by physicians.
José Antônio Cordero da Silva; Vitor Nagai Yamaki; João Paulo Santiago de Oliveira; Renan Kleber Costa Teixeira; Felipe Augusto Folha Santos; Victor Seiji Nascimento Hosoume
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-7-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  Revista da Associacao Medica Brasileira (1992)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  0104-4230     ISO Abbreviation:  Rev Assoc Med Bras     Publication Date:  2013 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-7-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9308586     Medline TA:  Rev Assoc Med Bras     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG; POR     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Editora Ltda. All rights reserved.
Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal.
Vernacular Title:
Declaração de óbito, compromisso no preenchimento. Avaliação em Belém - Pará, em 2010.
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