Coding causes of death to statistical categories
Improve medical certification of cause of death
It is recommended that medical information and accuracy of causes of death as recorded on the death certificate be subject to continual improvement. This is true for in service medical training as well as the physicians and paramedics who are already in service. One way of implementing this intervention is to expose physicians and paramedics to the importance and requirements of proper medical certification and to provide feedback on the effects of poorly documented clinical notes on ascertaining the causes of death.
Another important aspect of improving certification is to ensure that death certificates conform to international WHO standards and respond to ministry of health and national vital statistics data requirements. This will entail ensuring retention of core data elements of the death certificate as well as meeting national data requirements.
Death certification and cause of death