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Death certification status in Eastern Mediterranean Region: A systematic review

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submitted on 2024-07-09, 10:52 and posted on 2024-07-09, 10:53 authored by Muna Abed Alah, Mohamad Alchawa, Salma Ahmed, Mohammad Osama, Vahe Kehyayan, Iheb Bougmiza

A death certificate is an important public health surveillance tool that affects the quality of morbidity and mortality statistics. This systematic review examines death certification in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, uncovers the methodological qualities of published studies, the common errors committed by certifiers, and physicians’ knowledge in filling out death certificates. We searched three databases, finding 19 studies, the majority of which reported errors in the underlying cause of death. Fewer than 25% of physicians reported training on filling out death certificates. Complexity of the cases and lack of training were reported as common difficulties facing physicians leading to errors.

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Published in: Death Studies
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
See article on publisher's website: https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2021.1890651

Funding

Open Access funding provided by the Qatar National Library.

History

Language

  • English

Publisher

Routledge

Publication Year

  • 2021

License statement

This Item is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Institution affiliated with

  • Hamad Medical Corporation
  • University of Calgary in Qatar
  • Primary Health Care Corporation

Geographic coverage

Eastern Mediterranean Region

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