Study: Electronic death records show promise in tracking influenza outbreak

12/31/2013 | Healio (free registration)

A study in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, which compared the use of an electronic death reporting system with information retrieved from individual case reports in influenza monitoring, found EDRS to be an effective tool for clinical and public health research. Researchers noted, however, that death certificates do not always note secondary conditions that are serious enough to have played a role in the patient's death. “Death certificates can be a valuable tool for medical and public health research, but they are only as good as the clinician who filled them out,” said researcher Elizabeth Bancroft.

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