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Adequacy of Death Certification in a Tertiary Teaching Hospital in Sudan

Adequacy of Death Certification in a Tertiary Teaching Hospital in Sudan

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Title: Adequacy of Death Certification in a Tertiary Teaching Hospital in Sudan
Author: Kheir, Abdelmoneim E M.; Abdelghani, Alaa A.; Abdalrahman, Ihab B.; Dafaalla, Mohamed
Abstract: Aims proper certification of death has legal, social, and epidemiological significance. The main objectives of this research were to assess the accuracy of death certification in Soba university hospital, to find out the underlying cause of death in different departments and to compare the accuracy of filling between different departments. Methods this was a retrospective study carried out in Soba University Hospital, a total of 233 deceased patients were included in the study, data was obtained retrospectively from clinical records (files) as well as the Arabic death certificate. Results were analyzed using SPSS program. Chi square test was used to determine the association between departments and other variables. Level of significance was set on an alpha level at 0.05. Results The mean age was 40.16 years, in 22 cases (9.4%) the translation was incorrect, in 24 cases (10.3%) the causes of death were not written at all. In 100 cases (42.9%) the immediate cause of death was filled incorrectly and in 76.4% the underlying cause of death was not written at all. In 98 cases (42.1%) the causes of death were written in English. In almost all cases (99.1%) there were missed information, the commonest missed information observed was the national number in 178 cases (76.4%). Conclusions In almost all cases there were missed information due to lack of training. A simple educational intervention is urgently needed to improve the accuracy in the completion of death certificates by doctors.
URI: http://khartoumspace.uofk.edu/123456789/25992


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