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Table 4 Changes in the death certificate by top five causes of death

From: The quality of medical death certification of cause of death in hospitals in rural Bangladesh: impact of introducing the International Form of Medical Certificate of Cause of Death

  Cause of death (%)
Adults Total (%)a Stroke Acute myocardial infarction Other cardiovascular diseases Other digestive diseases Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
 Change necessary 45.5 52.3 45.5 44.3 46.8 41.8
 Change in diagnosis 16.2 9.7 15.6 9.2 18.2 10.5
 Change in sequence 29.4 42.5 30.0 35.1 28.6 31.4
Children Total (%)a Pneumonia Sepsis Gastroenteritis and colitis Encephalitis Meningitis
 Change necessary 42.1 39.5 52.1 60.0 38.2 39.3
 Change in diagnosis 13.6 12.2 10.4 22.9 0 14.3
 Change in sequence 28.5 27.2 41.7 37.1 38.2 25
  1. Change in sequence: study physician changed the sequence of events leading to death
  2. Change in diagnosis: medical records led the study physician to change the UCOD
  3. aAll deaths