Study: Educating physicians improves cause-of-death reports

05/21/2013 | MedPage Today (free registration)

U.S. hospitals over-report heart disease when citing causes of death, but educating physicians improved the accuracy of the reports and reduced heart disease indications from 69% to 32%, researchers reported in the CDC journal Preventing Chronic Disease. "As the population lives longer and multiple chronic medical conditions become more common, documenting which disease is the underlying cause of death will become more challenging," the researchers said.

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