underlying cause of death


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underlying cause of death

Primary cause of death, proximate cause of death Forensic medicine '…the disease or injury that initiated the train of morbid events leading directly to death, or the circumstances or violence that produced the fatal injury.' Cf Immediate cause of death.
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In this study we relied on underlying cause of death information from the death certificate.
The most important data item to be coded from the death certificate is the Underlying Cause Of Death (UCD) (Villar & Perez-Mendez 2007).
The WHO defines an underlying cause of death as 'the disease or injury which initiated the train of morbid events leading directly to death or the circumstances of the accident or violence which produced the fatal injury'.
ALL deaths in West Virginia in which the underlying cause of death is an external cause (injury) MUST be reported to the local coroner or to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, no matter the time interval between the external event and the death.
When recording HIV/AIDS as underlying cause of death, it must be stated as one of the following:
In 2005, the infection was either the underlying cause of death or a contributory factor in 313 cases and was the main cause in 102 cases.
The register is updated yearly and lists the individual's personal identification number, city of birth, underlying cause of death, nature of injury, multiple causes of death, date of death, basis for determining cause of death, sex and age.
Each death record contained one underlying cause of death and up to 20 contributing causes, all identified by International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes.
The underlying cause of death was also collected and reported using International Classification of Diseases (ICD)-9 codes for veteran deaths in 1998 and ICD-10 codes for deaths in 1999 to 2002.
Together, lack of exercise and poor diet are the second-largest underlying cause of death in the United States.
Measurements: Concordance of myocardial infarction as the underlying cause of death between the death certificate and the autopsy was measured.
The underlying cause of death was the tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy.