We feel that such a lack of understanding (unfortunately, not uncommon among physicians) contributes to the already declining autopsy rate
and does a disservice to our clinicians, students, patients, and their families.
Jazan had a 100-percent autopsy rate
, while Riyadh had an almost 84-percent rate of forensic examination.
In Manitoba, the autopsy rate
was considerably higher, at 10.5%, although comparisons for the pediatric population are not available.
One of the difficulties is that the autopsy rate
after stillbirth is low, understandably so at such a distressing time.
In Massachusetts General Hospital the autopsy rate
for the first five decades of the previous century varied between 20% and 40% of patients who died in the hospital.
Baker et al (5) reported a mean autopsy rate
of 12.7% in 418 US and Canadian institutions in 1989, with nearly two-thirds of centres having an autopsy rate
of between 0 and 10%.
"The autopsy rate
in the United States is vanishingly small," he said.
Decreasing autopsy rate
in Sweden reflects changing attitudes among clinicians.
By the end of the first year, the program had accomplished its goal of reaching an autopsy rate
of 30%, which has remained constant throughout the life of the program.
In many European countries, the autopsy rate
in such cases stands at more than 70 percent.
Back in the days of low-tech medicine (i.e., the 1960s), the percentage of autopsies on patients dying in our university teaching hospitals was about 50 percent--and the autopsy rate
was an important factor used by accrediting bodies in rating the overall quality of medical care in hospitals.
The overall autopsy rate
in this study was 16%, which is lower than the national rate of 25% in England and Wales for all deaths , but is comparable with the 19% obtained in elderly subjects (75 years and over) in the South Lothian district of Scotland .