alexa Surveillance of injury-related deaths: medicolegal autopsy rates and trends in Finland.


Journal of Medical & Surgical Pathology

Author(s): Lunetta P, Lounamaa A, Sihvonen S

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Abstract Medicolegal autopsies are a vital tool for obtaining reliable injury mortality data. In Finland, medicolegal autopsies have increased from 13.6\% of all deaths in 1970 to 23.8\% in 2004. In fact, medicolegal autopsies are performed in 87.2\% of all unintentional injury deaths, 98.3\% of homicides and 99.5\% of suicides. Finland has exceedingly high medicolegal autopsy rates compared with other countries. Autopsy rates should be appropriately considered when performing international comparisons of injury-related deaths.
This article was published in Inj Prev and referenced in Journal of Medical & Surgical Pathology

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