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Perinatal autopsy rates

Perinatal Autopsy Rates at the University Hospital of the West Indies: 2002–2008

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DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2012.099
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35–8
Synopsis: 
The average annual perinatal autopsy rate at the University Hospital of the West Indies is 54%, well below the internationally recommended rate of 75%. Failure to request an autopsy is the most significant factor contributing to this.

ABSTRACT

Objectives: High perinatal autopsy rates are necessary for institutional management protocols and national policy-making. This study reviews perinatal autopsy rates and factors affecting these rates at the University Hospital of the West Indies.

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e-Published: 09 Apr, 2013
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