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Title
Autopsy acceptance rate and reasons for decline in Mulago Hospital, Kampala, Uganda
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Abstract
Objective  To determine the autopsy acceptance rate and reasons for decline at Mulago Hospital, Kampala, Uganda. Methods  The next of kin of patients who died in a combined infectious diseases and gastro-enterology ward of Mulago Hospital were approached to answer a questionnaire concerning characteristics of their deceased relative. During the interview their consent was asked to perform a complete autopsy. If autopsy was declined, the next of kin were asked to provide their reason for the decline. Results  Permission to perform an autopsy was requested in 158 (54%) of the 290 deaths that occurred during the study period. In 60 (38%) cases autopsy was accepted. Fifty-nine autopsies were performed. For 82% of refusals a reason was listed; mainly not wanting to delay the burial (58%), no use to know the cause of death (16%) and being satisfied with the clinical cause of death (10%). Conclusion  The autopsy rate achieved under study conditions was 38% compared to rates of 5% in Mulago Hospital over the past decade. Timely request and rapid performance of autopsies appear to be important determinants of autopsy acceptance. A motivated team of pathologists and clinicians is required to increase autopsy acceptance.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Tropical medicine and international health. - Oxford
Publication
Oxford : 2011
ISSN
1360-2276
Volume/pages
16:8(2011), p. 1015-1018
ISI
000292647200014
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UAntwerpen
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