MinervaBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7408.238 (Published 24 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:238
Only a third of death certificates issued in the accident and emergency department of a Scottish district general hospital were supported by strong evidence. The study reviewed all cases where a death certificate had been issued over two years. Among the 24 deaths, nine had good evidence in the case notes of what had caused death, and in eight deaths the patient had a history or other identifiable evidence that could support the cause of death given. The cause of death of seven was not supported by the available evidence (Emergency Medicine Journal 2003;20: 349-51.