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An approach to peer review in forensic pathology.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23756506     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Peer review in forensic pathology has been a long time in evolution but may provide a very useful mechanism to check for, and to correct, errors, in addition to establishing an important educative vehicle for pathologists. A process is reported that has been established at our institution that involves both informal peer review in the mortuary and formal auditing of a set number of cases. Every autopsy case is discussed at a daily meeting of pathologists before a provisional cause of death is released. In addition, one in ten cases including all homicides, deaths in custody, suspicious and paediatric cases, and randomly selected additional cases undergo formal auditing by a second pathologist. Finally, administrative staff check the completed report. This formalized process, in a jurisdiction where autopsies are usually performed by only one pathologist, has been extremely useful in standardizing autopsy reports and in enabling pathologists to discuss cases and associated issues on a regular basis.
Authors:
D Noel Sims; Neil E I Langlois; Roger W Byard
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2013-03-05
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of forensic and legal medicine     Volume:  20     ISSN:  1878-7487     ISO Abbreviation:  J Forensic Leg Med     Publication Date:  2013 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-06-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101300022     Medline TA:  J Forensic Leg Med     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  402-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd and Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine. All rights reserved.
Affiliation:
Forensic Science SA, 21 Divett Place, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia.
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