Loss control/risk management. A survey of the contribution of autopsy examination

Arch Pathol Lab Med. 1984 Jun;108(6):462-8.


I surveyed 183 hospitals with medical school pathology residency affiliations regarding their recognition and use of the autopsy in loss control/risk management. Thirty physician-owned, medical society-created professional liability companies and nine other malpractice liability underwriters were also surveyed. The results generally supported my bias for increased use of autopsy information in the field of hospital-risk management. I also examined an opposing minority view. Autopsy surgeons' and hospital administrators' responses supported increased use of autopsies in loss control activities for the following reasons: to eliminate suspicion, to provide reassurance to families, to substitute facts for conjecture, to construct a better defense, to reduce the number of claims, and to improve the quality of care.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Autopsy*
  • Financial Management*
  • Hospital Administrators
  • Hospitals*
  • Humans
  • Insurance, Liability*
  • Malpractice
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Risk Management*
  • United States