Autopsies and death certificates in the chronic care setting.

  title={Autopsies and death certificates in the chronic care setting.},
  author={F. Michael Gloth and John R Burton},
  journal={Journal of the American Geriatrics Society},
  volume={38 2},
All autopsies (n = 34) performed over a period from July 1, 1981 to June 30, 1988 in a teaching nursing home were reviewed to determine the autopsy rate, to evaluate premortem versus postmortem diagnostic discrepancies, and to see if educational efforts could improve each. The autopsy rate was 3.5%. Major discrepancies appeared in 47.1% of cases. Pneumonia was the most frequent and most frequently missed diagnosis. Only 23 of 34 death certificates reflected the cause of death as documented in… CONTINUE READING