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Title: Completion of the medical certificate of cause of death in Madrid: A descriptive cross-sectional study.
Other Titles: Cumplimentación del certificado médico de defunción en Madrid: un estudio descriptivo trasversal.
Issue Date: 17-Sep-2019
Citation: Rev Clin Esp (Barc).2020;(220)4:215-227
Abstract: The medical certificate of cause of death is a dual-purpose document: an official registration of an individual's death and a statistical analysis of the populational causes of death. However, the completion of this document in clinical practice creates significant conflicts. To analyse the completion and detect the main errors that occur when filling in these documents. We then compared the most important variables between the various types of documents analysed. We conducted a descriptive cross-sectional study that analysed 513 certificates in the municipality of Madrid, Spain. The analysis included official documents (new and old versions) and hospital documents. The study's main finding was that 316 documents employed the term "cardiopulmonary arrest" as the immediate cause of death. In 98 other cases, other poorly defined immediate causes were listed. We were able to conclude that the hospital documents do not always have the required sections for the certificate to be legally functional. In the Professional Medical Association certificates, there is poorer completion of the current document because the document itself hinders its appropriate completion and requires better physician training to complete. We propose possible improvements to the official document so that it meets the legal requirements, facilitates its completion and fulfils its function. We also offer recommendations for hospitals that have their own document and suggestions for improving its completion.
PMID: 31540666
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