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Table 5 Frequency of errors in different parts of death certificates (N = 204)

From: Errors in cause-of-death statement on death certificates in intensive care unit of Kathmandu, Nepal

Parts of cause of death statement Types of errors Number (n) Percentage (%)
Part I Immediate Cause of Death (ICOD) Not listed 0 0.0
Inappropriate information 8 2.4
Mechanism of Death (terminal events) 58 17.4
Mechanism of Death (nonspecific physiologic derangements) 28 8.4
Nonspecific anatomic processes 2 0.6
Symptoms, signs, abnormal clinical and laboratory findings 1 0.3
Total errors in ICOD 97 29.0
Part I Underlying Cause of Death (UCOD) Not listed 12 3.6
Inappropriate information 33 9.9
Incomplete information 30 8.9
More than 1 competing UCOD 49 14.7
Improper sequence 31 9.3
Total errors in UCOD 155 46.4
Part II Other Significant Conditions (OSC) Not listed 47 14.1
Inappropriate information 33 9.9
Incomplete information 2 0.6
Total errors in OSC 82 24.6
Total errors in death certificates 334* 100.0
  1. *A death certificate may contain more than 1 error