We examined autopsy reports and the clinical diagnoses of 600 patients (200 in 1967 and 400 in 198 7).
For each patient we considered age, diagnostic error, main diseases and presence of multiple pathology.
The number of diagnostic errors increased from 1967 to 1987.
The diagnostic error was particularly high for pulmonary embolism and septic shock and significantly higher in patients >65 than <=65 years old.
Multiple pathology was higher in old patients: we found 4 or more diseases in 195/270 (72.2%) patients >65 years and in only 135/330 (40.9%) patients <=65 years.
Mots-clés Pascal : Multiple, Vieillard, Homme, Diagnostic, Autopsie, Prévalence, Maladie, Epidémiologie, Anatomopathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Multiple, Elderly, Human, Diagnosis, Autopsy, Prevalence, Disease, Epidemiology, Pathology
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