The attitudes of 233 relatives to autopsy of elderly medical patients (mean age 82 years) who died in a district general hospital were examined prospectively.
Forty-three (18%) relatives were asked permission for autopsy, 24 (56%) agreed and 19 (44%) refused.
Of 190 (82%) relatives whose permission was not sought, 109 (57%) would have agreed and 81 (43%) would have refused permission had they been asked.
Advancement of medicine and reassurance about the correct diagnosis were the main reasons for consent, while dislike of autopsy, family distress at disfigurement of the body and the patient « having suffered enough » were the main reasons for refusal.
Mots-clés Pascal : Autopsie, Attitude, Enquête, Vieillard, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Autopsy, Attitude, Inquiry, Elderly, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 93-0467150
Code Inist : 002B30A09. Création : 199406.