Filling out death certificates presents challenge for doctors

01/24/2013 | American Medical News (free content)

Physicians should provide as much specific information as possible when filling out patient death certificates, but it is not always a straightforward process and doctors may get little training, coroners said. Dr. Drew Rosielle, director of the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship at the University of Minnesota Medical School, said doctors get death certificates back if there are errors or omissions and "a lot of physicians learn by having them rejected by the medical examiner."

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