A 12-month review of autopsies performed at a university-affiliated teaching hospital in Hong Kong

Gary Man Kit TSE, Chi Kin John LEE

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Abstract

Objective: To review the autopsies performed at a university-affiliated teaching hospital over a 12-month period.
Data sources: Records of autopsies performed at a university-affiliated teaching hospital during 1997, and Medline literature search (1966-1998). Study selection: The key words used in the literature search were 'autopsy' and 'audit'.
Data extraction: Data were extracted and analysed by the authors. Any discrepant cases (in which the final diagnoses were either unexpected or not made before death) were identified from the hospital records.
Data synthesis: Interest in autopsy results has increased, owing to the greater emphasis on medical audit and quality assurance procedures. Of the yearly total of 403 autopsies, 332 cases were reviewed; the discrepancies found were classified as either major or minor, according to their effect on the clinical outcome. The major and minor discrepancy rates were 23% and 9%, respectively. In 2% of cases, the cause of death was due to complications resulting from surgical intervention. These discrepancy rates were comparable to the figures quoted in the literature.
Conclusion: Autopsy is a valid medical quality-assurance mechanism in Hong Kong. Copyright © 2000 Medline.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)190-194
JournalHong Kong Medical Journal
Volume6
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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Hong Kong
Teaching Hospitals
Autopsy
Medical Audit
Hospital Records
Information Storage and Retrieval
Cause of Death

Citation

Tse, G. M. K., & Lee, J. C. K. (2000). A 12-month review of autopsies performed at a university-affiliated teaching hospital in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Medical Journal, 6(2), 190-194.

Keywords

  • Autopsy/standards
  • Coroners and medical examiners
  • Diagnostic errors
  • Quality assurance, health care