An argument for the attendance of clinicians at autopsy

Arch Pathol Lab Med. 1984 Jun;108(6):522-3.


We recorded the attendance of clinicians at the autopsies they had requested, and following personal notification that the autopsy was in progress. Of 679 residents paged , 37% attended and 63% did not. Of 786 internists paged , 36% attended and 64% did not. Of 58 surgeons, ten were not in the hospital, 35 attended, and 13 did not. With due allowance for reasons that legitimately could interfere with attendance at a labor-intensive and educational procedure requested of a colleague by the physician, these results reflect adversely on motivation. This attitude, more than opposition by the lay public, could explain the languishing autopsy rates.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Autopsy*
  • General Surgery
  • Humans
  • Internal Medicine
  • Internship and Residency
  • Physicians*