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Educación Médica Superior

versión impresa ISSN 0864-2141

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CABRERA CARRILLO, Gustavo; BARREIRO RAMOS, Héctor  y  BARREIRO PENARANDA, Adriana. Postgraduate course impact on primary health care. Educ Med Super [online]. 2006, vol.20, n.3. ISSN 0864-2141.

The certification of death causes is a part of the medicolegal procedures. To achieve a logical sequence of this process is a legal, scientific, and managerial exercise of transcendental importance. This study was undertaken in a health area of Boyeros municipality, in May 2004. It was a cross-sectional and experimental research aimed at evaluating the influence of a postgraduate program on the quality of the death certificate making among physicians at the primary health care level. The sample included 36 physicians, which were divided into two groups, a control group and a study or experimental group, with 18 physicians each. In both, a pretest was applied related to the three first causes of death in Cuba, where a logical sequence should be established. In the study group, a posttest was applied after the culmination of the course with similar clinical pictures, and the same level of complexity. Through measurements of central trend, it was demonstrated that both groups had difficulties with the pretest, and that percentages were similar. In the study group, 72.2 % of the answers were correct in the posttest, equivalent to a 6:1 ratio with a gain of right answers of 22. It was demonstrated that the upgrading and training course conducted increased the quality of the certification of the death causes and of the medicolegal procedures.

Palabras clave : Postgraduate course; medicolegal procedures; death certificate; pretest; posttest.

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