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Death keeps Irish doctors guessing

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7259.468/a (Published 19 August 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:468
  1. Doug Payne
  1. Dublin

    Death, like taxes, may be certain—but the causes less so, said a recent survey of Irish GPs. As many as half the causes of death given on death certificates could be based on guesswork, the GP trainer conducting the study has concluded. Dr Sean Bourke surveyed family doctors in the North Western Health Board region of the Republic of Ireland and found a high level of dissatisfaction among his colleagues with the restrictions placed on them by the current certificates. …

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