A solution to declining autopsy rates - The Decedent Affairs Office

J. H. Smith, Abida Haque, P. R. Gilmer, S. Jekielek

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Can the decline in autopsy rates be reversed by solving logistical problems that impede or deter permissions and arrangements? The authors report an increase in the autopsy rate at their institution after a Decedent Affairs Office was established. Furthermore, the time between death and autopsy has been greatly narrowed, thus providing optimal tissue for diagnosis. As an additional benefit, the number of organ donations has also risen.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-24
Number of pages3
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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