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Quality assurance programme for necropsies.
  1. M Harrison,
  2. D O Hourihane
  1. Department of Histopathology, St Jame's Hospital, Dublin, Eire.


    One hundred and eight consecutive necropsies were entered into a quality assessment of the necropsy service in this hospital using a previously published American protocol. Our results were similar to those of the American series, with confirmation of the major clinical diagnosis in 75%, but a higher rate of unsuspected diagnosis (44%). Necropsy was helpful in 58% of cases. The presentation of selected cases at a monthly conference on causes of death was valuable in correlating clinical and pathological findings, and in helping integrate both services.

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