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The perinatal autopsy: its conduct and reporting in Australia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1556978     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To assess the conduct and reporting on death certificates of perinatal autopsies in Australia. DATA SOURCES: (i) Medical certificates of cause of perinatal death in all States and Territories; (ii) registrations of perinatal deaths in New South Wales in 1985 and 1986. DATA EXTRACTION: Death certificates are assessed on three criteria: (i) an indication that an autopsy was performed; (ii) an indication whether the stated causes of death were based on autopsy findings; and (iii) an indication whether the clinical diagnosis was confirmed by autopsy. DATA SYNTHESIS: Perinatal death certificates give insufficient information in all three areas. Assessment of the accuracy and usefulness of autopsies requires better information. CONCLUSION: A two-part death certificate is suggested. The first part would report clinical diagnoses of the causes of death. The second part would compare these results with those of any autopsy.
S A Buetow
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Medical journal of Australia     Volume:  156     ISSN:  0025-729X     ISO Abbreviation:  Med. J. Aust.     Publication Date:  1992 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-05-04     Completed Date:  1992-05-04     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0400714     Medline TA:  Med J Aust     Country:  AUSTRALIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  492-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Geography, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.
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MeSH Terms
Australia / epidemiology
Autopsy / statistics & numerical data*
Cause of Death
Death Certificates*
Fetal Death*
Infant Mortality*
Infant, Newborn
Comment In:
Med J Aust. 1992 Jul 6;157(1):69   [PMID:  1640902 ]

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