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  1. Organ-limited autopsies : obtaining permission for postmortem examination of the urinary tract.

    Article - En anglais


    - To develop a systematic pre-and postmortem program for obtaining permission for autopsies limited to the urinary tract.


    - Comparison versus historical control of autopsy permission using a new process comprising premortem education, modification of the permission process, and autopsy limited to the urinary tract.

    Participants and Setting

    - Patients, family members, and healthcare providers associated with a nursing home. intervention. - Education of healthcare providers and family members and modification of autopsy consent and performance.

    Main Outcome Measure

    - Permission rate and demographic characteristics of patients and family members giving permission.


    - Of the 361 patients who died during the study, we received permission for postmortem examination of the urinary tract for 129 (36%). This was substantially better than the autopsy rate in the year prior to the study, 0.6%. A significantly higher permission rate was associated with patients and contact persons of white race, a higher level of education of the contact person, a nonrelative contact person, and two or fewer individuals making the decision.


    Permission for organ-limited autopsies can be obtained with a systematic approach.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Autopsie, Organe, Législation, Appareil urinaire, Homme, Autorisation, Milieu familial, Approche systématique, Evaluation

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Autopsy, Organ, Legislation, Urinary system, Human, Licence procedure, Family environment, System approach, Evaluation

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 95-0509943

    Code Inist : 002B30A09. Création : 01/03/1996.