The decline in hospital autopsy rates in 2001

Helen E Ward, Belinda E Clarke, Paul V Zimmerman and Michael I Cleary
Med J Aust 2002; 176 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2002.tb04307.x
Published online: 21 January 2002

To the Editor: In late 1998, a clinical audit in the Thoracic Division of the Prince Charles Hospital found the autopsy rate was 7% of all patients who died in the Division (excluding Palliative Care) for the 12 months to September 1998. Following discussions and acknowledgement of the importance of hospital autopsy as a clinical audit tool, the Division's policy to consider an autopsy in all patients who died was reinforced. Registrars were educated in seeking approval and in counselling relatives.

  • The Prince Charles Hospital, Chermside, QLD 4032


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