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Hospital autopsies are on the verge of extinction, study finds

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3236 (Published 16 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3236
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Postmortem examinations are now carried out in just over half of 1% of all UK hospital deaths, and the procedure has disappeared altogether in a quarter of NHS trusts, a survey published in the Journal of Clinical Pathology has shown.

The researchers submitted freedom of information requests to 160 NHS acute trusts in England, 14 NHS health boards …

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