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Revista Archivo Médico de Camagüey

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DURRUTHY WILSON, Odalys; SIFONTES ESTRADA, Miriam; MARTINEZ VARONA, Caridad  and  OLAZABAL HERNANDEZ, Arturo. From the death certificate to the protocol of necropsy: basic causes of death. AMC [online]. 2011, vol.15, n.3, pp.542-552. ISSN 1025-0255.

Background: over several years, many authors of different countries carried out investigations to examine the agreement between causes of death according to death certificate and protocol of necropsy. Objective: to evaluate the correspondence of the basic causes of death between death certificate and protocol of necropsy. Method: a descriptive retrospective study at the University Hospital “Manuel Ascunce Domenech” of Camagüey was conducted. The universe and the sample of the study were 125 death certificate and its corresponding protocols of necropsy of patients who died at the hospital between 2005-2009. For collecting and processing information, was designed an information collecting paper containing variables object of study. The information was obtained from the clinical histories and protocol of necropsy as primary sources of information. Data were processed by computerized methods by means of the SPSS statistical package program, version 11,5 for Windows. Descriptive statistics will be used, with frequency distribution in absolute values and percents for analyzing all the variables. The presentation of results will be carried out in tables through the computer program Excel correspondent to Microsoft Word. Results: the age group that predominate was the one from 61-75 years. The male sex prevailed. The basic causes with most incidence were the cerebrovascular and cardiovascular ones. In 36,5 % of the cerebrovascular there was no adequate correlation or it was indefinite. Conclusions: we recommended that results of this study should be used to improve the quality of causes of death reported on death certificates in death committee.


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