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A study of the quality of perinatal autopsy in the former northern region. The Northern Perinatal Mortality Survey Steering Group.
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PMID:  9442157     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To assess the quality of perinatal autopsy. DESIGN: Review of all reports of post mortem examinations carried out following perinatal deaths from January 1994 to June 1994. POPULATION: Former Northern Region of England. METHODS: Assessment of post mortem reports concerning their content and interpretation, the assessment carried out by panel comprising a pathologist, obstetrician and paediatrician. RESULTS: Reports were available for all 104 cases where post mortem examinations had been undertaken, of which 53 (51%) met the minimum standards for such autopsies proposed by the Royal College of Pathologists. Interpretative comments were judged to be adequate in 51 (49%). CONCLUSIONS: The quality of perinatal autopsies is frequently poor. Improvement requires increased awareness of the potential value of the autopsy, and more consultation between pathologists, obstetricians and paediatricians.
C Wright; H Cameron; W Lamb
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British journal of obstetrics and gynaecology     Volume:  105     ISSN:  0306-5456     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Obstet Gynaecol     Publication Date:  1998 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-02-12     Completed Date:  1998-02-12     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503752     Medline TA:  Br J Obstet Gynaecol     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  24-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Pathology, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne.
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MeSH Terms
Autopsy / standards*
Cause of Death
Decision Making
Fetal Death / pathology
Infant, Newborn
Quality of Health Care
Comment In:
Br J Obstet Gynaecol. 1998 Sep;105(9):1040   [PMID:  9763064 ]

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