Audit of the Accuracy of Documenting Pneumonia as the Primary Cause of Death on Death Certificates

This source preferred by Stephen Allen

Authors: Kwan, J.W. and Allen, S.C.

Journal: Age and Ageing

Volume: 35

Pages: i8-i30

ISSN: 0002-0729

Death certificates should contain accurate information about the cause(s) of death. In the UK, pneumonia is reported as the primary cause of death (PCoD) in 10% of patients >85 years old, and as a contributory cause of death in 25%. We explored the accuracy of documenting pneumonia as the PCoD.

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