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consented autopsy

An autopsy performed in the UK after permission has been sought from, and granted by, the next-of-kin. A consented autopsy is essentially the same as a hospital autopsy, in contrast to a coronial autopsy, which is performed at the request of the Coroner (or Procurator Fiscal in Scotland). Consented autopsies are usually performed to answer specific questions about the decedent’s medical history.
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The consent autopsy rate nationwide declined from 11.5% in 1980 to 5.5% in 1994.[1] Data were not collected by the Department of Vital Statistics after 1994 owing to "budgetary constraints."[19] Although higher than the national rates, Yale-New Haven Hospital autopsy rates have shown a similar decline, falling from 24% in 1980 to 17% in 1995.