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An audit of autopsy rates in an inner London general hospital.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7837184     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Low autopsy rates are of continuing concern to pathologists. The aim of this study was to investigate the reasons why autopsy did not happen, and to determine whether carrying out the investigation and providing some feedback of the results would have any effect on autopsy rates. The main reasons why autopsy did not happen were that junior doctors considered it unnecessary because the diagnosis and cause of death appeared to be well established, and that patients' relatives declined to give permission for autopsy. No increase in autopsy rates was demonstrated, but possible avenues of approach were suggested and these are being implemented.
E J Lazda; D C Brown
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine     Volume:  87     ISSN:  0141-0768     ISO Abbreviation:  J R Soc Med     Publication Date:  1994 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-03-02     Completed Date:  1995-03-02     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7802879     Medline TA:  J R Soc Med     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  658-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
Whittington Hospital, Highgate Hill, London, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude of Health Personnel*
Autopsy / psychology,  statistics & numerical data*
Hospitals, General / statistics & numerical data
London / epidemiology
Medical Staff, Hospital / psychology
Urban Population*
Utilization Review*
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J R Soc Med. 1994 Nov;87(11):645-6   [PMID:  7837178 ]

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