Table 1

Grading scale used to assess death certificate errors
Grade 0 No errors
Grade IA incomplete/inaccurate demographics
Grade IB Whether the signatory attended the patient could not be confirmed
Grade II Co-morbidities list incomplete
Grade III Co-morbidities not listed
Grade IV Inappropriate immediate cause of death or only a mechanism(s) of death (or mode of dying) given *
Grade V Underlying cause(s) of death was incorrectly attributed or placed in an improper sequence

*Since multiple diseases can cause death by the same mechanism, mechanism of death usually provides little useful information [21].

Haque et al.

Haque et al. BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:205   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-205

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