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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    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
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.
Authors:
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.
Affiliation:
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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