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Table 4 Clinicians views on Health system challenges to autopsy services in the Teaching Hospital

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

Characteristic Frequency Percentage
Average time taken for receipt of full autopsy report
<1 week 14 11.8
1-2 weeks 42 35.3
3-4 weeks 34 28.6
1-3 months 7 5.9
>6 months 2 1.7
Total 119 100
Waiting time for autopsy report unduly long
Yes 81 68.1
Total 119 100
Concerns about validity of reports issued by autopsy service
Not at all 33 27.7
Just a little 46 38.7
Often 15 12.6
Unable to judge 14 11.8
Total 119 100
Specific concerns on the autopsy services   
Pathological report at variance with clinical diagnosis 16 13.4
Specific findings not stated, too generalized 6 5.0
Autopsy findings are no different from clinical diagnosis 5 4.2
No toxicology reporting 4 3.4
No histology reports received 4 3.4
Others (Clinical diagnosis given instead of histological diagnosis, clinical queries not addressed, provides no added information) 5 4.2
Total 119 100