The meta-autopsy: changing techniques and attitudes towards the autopsy

Qual Assur Health Care. 1993 Dec;5(4):325-32. doi: 10.1093/intqhc/5.4.325.


The contribution of new techniques to the performance, evaluation and future development of the autopsy as a quality assurance technique are reviewed. Particular emphasis is placed upon psychological techniques and studies that attempt to delineate the attitudes of those concerned with autopsies in various capacities including: medical students; junior doctors; senior clinicians; trainee pathologists and Coroners and their officers. The conclusions are considered in the light of the continuing decline in "hospital" autopsy rates.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Autopsy / methods
  • Autopsy / psychology
  • Autopsy / statistics & numerical data*
  • Cause of Death*
  • Diagnostic Errors*
  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care / trends*