Increasingly, researchers use medical examiner reports to study the epidemiology of fatal injuries, often assuming that reports of all fatal injuries are included in medical examiner databases.
This study evaluated that assumption by comparing the medical examiner database with the death certificates of persons who died of fatal injuries in lowa during 1990-1991.
The authors also examined the association between demographic variables and the presence of a medical examiner report.
Overall, medical examiners reported 68.7% of fatal injuries.
Among broad categories of injury deaths, the percentages of medical examiner reports varied: 36.9% of fatalities from unintentional falls, 79.2% of transportation fatalities, 82.6% of intentional fatalities, and 57.3% of other external causes of death.
Mots-clés Pascal : Traumatisme, Mortalité, Expertise médicolégale, Etude comparative, Certificat décès, Surveillance sanitaire, Homme, Epidémiologie, Méthodologie, Iowa, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Trauma, Mortality, Medicolegal expertise, Comparative study, Death certificate, Sanitary surveillance, Human, Epidemiology, Methodology, Iowa, United States, North America, America
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Code Inist : 002B30A01A1. Création : 199406.