Journal article

Effectiveness of training interventions to improve quality of medical certification of cause of death: systematic review and meta-analysis

USH Gamage, Pasyodun Koralage Buddhika Mahesh, Jesse Schnall, Lene Mikkelsen, John D Hart, Hafiz Chowdhury, Hang Li, Deirdre McLaughlin, Alan D Lopez

BMC Medicine | BMC | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Valid cause of death data are essential for health policy formation. The quality of medical certification of cause of death (MCCOD) by physicians directly affects the utility of cause of death data for public policy and hospital management. Whilst training in correct certification has been provided for physicians and medical students, the impact of training is often unknown. This study was conducted to systematically review and meta-analyse the effectiveness of training interventions to improve the quality of MCCOD. METHODS: This review was registered in the International Prospective Register of Systematic Reviews (PROSPERO; Registration ID: CRD42020172547) and followed Preferred..

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