Diagnostic yield of the autopsy in a university hospital and a community hospital.

@article{Landefeld1988DiagnosticYO,
  title={Diagnostic yield of the autopsy in a university hospital and a community hospital.},
  author={Charles Seth Landefeld and Mary Margaret Chren and Andrea R. Myers and Robert Geller and Stephen P. Robbins and Lee W Goldman},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  year={1988},
  volume={318 19},
  pages={1249-54}
}
To determine the extent to which autopsies yield unexpected findings that are relevant to the patient's death and whether cases with a high yield of such findings can be identified selectively, we studied a total of 233 autopsies at a university hospital and at a community hospital. The rates at which autopsies detected major unexpected findings whose premortem diagnosis would probably have improved survival were 11 percent at the university hospital and 12 percent at the community hospital… CONTINUE READING