The value of autopsies in the era of high-tech medicine: Discrepant findings persist

Chantal C H J Kuijpers, Judith Fronczek, Frank R W Van De Goot, Hans W M Niessen, Paul J. Van Diest, Mehdi Jiwa

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Abstract

Aims: Although the autopsy is still the gold standard for quality assessment of clinical diagnoses, autopsy rates have been declining over the last decades to 2 days was significantly associated with a lower frequency of class III minor discrepancies. Microscopic examination contributed to establishing cause of death in 19.6% of the cases. Conclusions: Discrepant findings persist at autopsy, even in the era of high-tech medicine. Therefore, autopsies still should serve as a very important part of quality control in clinical diagnosis and treatment. Learning from individual and system-related diagnostic errors can aid in improving patient safety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)512-519
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Clinical Pathology
Volume67
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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