Volume 75, Issue 6 (September 2017)                   Tehran Univ Med J 2017, 75(6): 457-462 | Back to browse issues page

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1- Department of Forensic Medicine, School of Medicine, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. , mstzbmd@sbmu.ac.ir
2- Department of Forensic Medicine, School of Medicine, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
Abstract:   (755 Views)
Background: The death certificate is a document consisting of the deceased individual’s basic information and identification which is filled out, registered and signed by a doctor. the World health organization’s policies in their health planning, provide a suitable database with knowledge of the required elements for planners and other authorized information demanders. During a multi-year cooperation between various organizations, the first uniformed death certificate according the ICD-10 standard got published in the country in the year 2004.
Methods: This is a retrospective study which is about all of the deceased individuals in  Tajrish and Modares Tehran hospitals from april 2013 until the march 2014 who had death certificates. In this study the data related to 777 individual’s death certificates and medical files was analyzed. The sampling method was census and all the cases in the study’s time period who had death certificates were studied. The cases that had a gap in their required information were ruled out of the study. The data that included age, sex, place of death, issuing doctor’s expertise, general information and the cause of death was extracted from the archived files.
Results: The cases studied, 421 people died in Tajrish Hospital and 356 in Modarres Hospital. The highest number of deaths in both hospitals were in the internal wards (336 cases) and surgery (168 people). 45.6% of death certificates have been issued by a forensic expert. 64.8% cases correctly inserted ICD-10 code.
Conclusion: Training of physicians for the importance of death certificate and how it should be completed is very important. This research showed that in the cases which the death certificates were completed by the hospital forensic medicine specialists were more useful and accurate.
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