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Table 2 Background characteristics of clinicians involved in the Teaching Hospital survey

From: Through the lens of the clinician: autopsy services and utilization in a large teaching hospital in Ghana

Characteristic Frequency Percentage
Reasons for autopsy request
Answer clinical questions 55 46.2
Uncertain diagnosis 54 45.4
Confirm clinical diagnosis 40 33.6
Coroners case 39 32.8
Family request 2 1.7
Explain sudden questionable deaths 1 0.8
Total 119 100.0
Number of clinicians who requested for autopsy in previous six moths 92 77.3
Total 119 100.0
Personal interaction with pathologist during the process of autopsy
Yes 23 19.3
Total 119 100
Number of autopsy demonstrations attended by doctors in past 6 months
none 88 73.9
1 12 10.1
2 3 2.5
3 or more 7 5.9
Total 119 100
Monthly mortality or clinic-pathological meeting in Department/unit
Yes 111 93.3
Total 119 100
Autopsy reports discussed at meetings
Yes 90 75.6
Total 119 100
Pathologist or personnel from Department of Pathology participate in mortality meetings
Yes 3 2.5
Total 119 100.0