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Epidemiologia e Serviços de Saúde

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OLIVEIRA, Maria Liz Cunha de  y  SOUZA, Luiz Augusto Copati. External causes: analysis on basic cause death in Federal District, Brazil. Epidemiol. Serv. Saúde [online]. 2007, vol.16, n.4, pp.245-250. ISSN 1679-4974.

To verify amongst the declarations of death for accidental and/or violent external cause, those which basic causes could have been better described, the authors carried out through an active search of declaration of deaths whose basic cause was not filled up, or the items ‘b’ and ‘c’ were reported as more likely to be of external basic cause. The study focused on 116 deaths of the last trimester of 2003. The study also consisted of visits to the police station at the Hospital de Base do Distrito Federal, in Brasilia, Federal District, Brazil, aiming at consulting the hospital registration book as well as police bulletin reporting system: 111 (95.7%) of 116 cases had the basic cause altered, and five of them had remained as for external cause of undetermined intention. The study detected 58 victims of traffic accidents, two suicides, 21 homicides, and 16 stumble and falls. The study resulted in the improvement of the mortality statisticians, and it also allowed to evaluate and to propose the rectification of the information flow, starting from the registration of the victim in the hospital until the emission of the declaration of death.

Palabras clave : external causes; mortality; quality of information.

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