The South African National Non-Natural Mortality Surveillance System--rationale, pilot results and evaluation.

  title={The South African National Non-Natural Mortality Surveillance System--rationale, pilot results and evaluation.},
  author={Alex Butchart and Margie Peden and Richard G Matzopoulos and Russell Phillips and Sally Burrows and Niresh Bhagwandin and Gert Saayman and Alan Cooper},
  journal={South African medical journal = Suid-Afrikaanse tydskrif vir geneeskunde},
  volume={91 5},
BACKGROUND While individual mortuaries have recorded data for non-natural deaths in time-limited studies, there have been no systematic efforts to draw forensic-medical services and state mortuaries into a nationwide fatal injury surveillance system. Beginning in June 1998, the National Non-Natural Mortality Surveillance System (NMSS) commenced pilot operation. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the NMSS and illustrate its utility from sample findings. DESIGN Data entered into the system by mortuary… CONTINUE READING
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