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Onaturliga dödsfall måste utredas bättre - risk att brott missas: granskning av polisens och sjukvårdens dödsfallshandläggning i tre län
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Forensic Medicine.
2014 (Swedish)In: Läkartidningen, ISSN 0023-7205, Vol. 111, CZP7Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In 2008 only 55 % of all deaths not deemed to be natural in Sweden underwent a medicolegal autopsy. In the present study we describe and compare the characteristics of unnatural deaths in three counties through review of death certificates for unnatural deaths and, when applicable, corresponding police reports. The majority of unnatural deaths that were not reported to the police were among elderly decedents, with the deaths most often resulting from a fall-related fracture or head injury. One subgroup among these deaths that were not recognized as reportable by the involved physician, estimated by extrapolation to a total of approximately 300 annually, nationwide, was considered to be at elevated risk for a criminal death (homicide). The causes of death in this group were due to, for example, high energy or sharp force trauma, gunshot injury, asphyxia, and drug and/or alcohol intoxication. We conclude that additional training in the handling of unnatural deaths is indicated for Swedish physicians.

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2014. Vol. 111, CZP7
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Forensic Science
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Forensic Medicine
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-97021PubMedID: 25423339OAI: diva2:769751

Läkartidningen 48/2014 2014­-11-­24

Available from: 2014-12-09 Created: 2014-12-09 Last updated: 2015-04-21Bibliographically approved

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