Journal article

The impact of errors in medical certification on the accuracy of the underlying cause of death.

USH Gamage, Tim Adair, Lene Mikkelsen, Pasyodun Koralage Buddhika Mahesh, John Hart, Hafiz Chowdhury, Hang Li, Rohina Joshi, WMCK Senevirathna, HDNL Fernando, Deirdre McLaughlin, Alan D Lopez

PLoS One | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Correct certification of cause of death by physicians (i.e. completing the medical certificate of cause of death or MCCOD) and correct coding according to International Classification of Diseases (ICD) rules are essential to produce quality mortality statistics to inform health policy. Despite clear guidelines, errors in medical certification are common. This study objectively measures the impact of different medical certification errors upon the selection of the underlying cause of death. METHODS: A sample of 1592 error-free MCCODs were selected from the 2017 United States multiple cause of death data. The ten most common types of errors in completing the MCCOD (according to pub..

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