The perinatal autopsy: Pertinent issues in multicultural Western Europe

Sanne J. Gordijn*, Jan Jaap H. M. Erwich, T. Yee Khong

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Abstract

Western Europe is in a demographic transition with increasing multicultural societies. Health professionals have to understand the background, religious and cultural aspects of parents to counsel them regarding an autopsy in the event of a perinatal loss. Autopsy rates have declined over the past decades, the major limiting factor being the granting of permission for an autopsy, possibly because of adverse publicity or reluctance of doctors to obtain consent. Autopsy has proved its value in revealing unsuspected findings. The public can be convinced of this utility by means of good information notwithstanding their religious or cultural background. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-7
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean journal of obstetrics gynecology and reproductive biology
Volume132
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May-2007

Keywords

  • permatal
  • autopsy
  • consent
  • religion
  • utility
  • alternatives
  • organ retention
  • POSTMORTEM EXAMINATIONS
  • RADIOGRAPHY
  • QUALITY
  • DEATHS
  • AUDIT
  • FETAL
  • PATHOLOGIST
  • ATTITUDES
  • MORTALITY
  • CONSENT

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