The effect of student training on accuracy of completion of death certificates.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/150
Title:
The effect of student training on accuracy of completion of death certificates.
Authors:
Degani, Adil T; Patel, Rajendrakumar M; Smith, Betsy E; Grimsley, Edwin
Abstract:
BACKGROUND: Death certificates are an invaluable source of statistical and medical information, as well as important legal documents. However, few physicians receive formal training on how to accurately complete them. PURPOSE: To determine if a simple intervention can improve the accuracy of death certificate completion by medical students. METHODS: Participants included all third year medical students undergoing their core Internal Medicine rotation at Mercer University School of Medicine at the Medical Center of Central Georgia. Participation was voluntary and participants completed an approved informed consent. Students were presented a tutorial from the National Association of Medical Examiners website. They were asked to complete a death certificate both before and after the tutorial along with subjective questionnaires. The primary outcome measurement was the difference in scores pre- and post-tutorial. RESULTS: The mean score before the tutorial was 11.75 (+/-3.20) and the mean score post-tutorial was 18.85 (+/-2.56), indicating an increase in scores. The mean difference in pre- and post-tutorial scores was significant (t = 20.39, p < 0.0001). CONCLUSIONS: We found that using a tutorial to teach students how to correctly complete a death certificate was effective.
Citation:
Med Educ Online. 2009 Sep 29; 14:17
Issue Date:
18-Feb-2010
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/150
DOI:
10.3885/meo.2009.Res00315
PubMed ID:
20165531
PubMed Central ID:
PMC2779619
Type:
Journal Article
ISSN:
1087-2981
Appears in Collections:
Department of Medicine Faculty: Research and Presentations

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dc.contributor.authorDegani, Adil Ten_US
dc.contributor.authorPatel, Rajendrakumar Men_US
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Betsy Een_US
dc.contributor.authorGrimsley, Edwinen_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-24T22:03:28Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-24T22:03:28Z-
dc.date.issued2010-02-18en_US
dc.identifier.citationMed Educ Online. 2009 Sep 29; 14:17en_US
dc.identifier.issn1087-2981en_US
dc.identifier.pmid20165531en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.3885/meo.2009.Res00315en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/150-
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: Death certificates are an invaluable source of statistical and medical information, as well as important legal documents. However, few physicians receive formal training on how to accurately complete them. PURPOSE: To determine if a simple intervention can improve the accuracy of death certificate completion by medical students. METHODS: Participants included all third year medical students undergoing their core Internal Medicine rotation at Mercer University School of Medicine at the Medical Center of Central Georgia. Participation was voluntary and participants completed an approved informed consent. Students were presented a tutorial from the National Association of Medical Examiners website. They were asked to complete a death certificate both before and after the tutorial along with subjective questionnaires. The primary outcome measurement was the difference in scores pre- and post-tutorial. RESULTS: The mean score before the tutorial was 11.75 (+/-3.20) and the mean score post-tutorial was 18.85 (+/-2.56), indicating an increase in scores. The mean difference in pre- and post-tutorial scores was significant (t = 20.39, p < 0.0001). CONCLUSIONS: We found that using a tutorial to teach students how to correctly complete a death certificate was effective.en_US
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dc.subject.meshCause of Deathen_US
dc.subject.meshDeath Certificatesen_US
dc.subject.meshEducation, Medical / methodsen_US
dc.subject.meshHumansen_US
dc.subject.meshInternal Medicine / educationen_US
dc.subject.meshProgram Evaluationen_US
dc.subject.meshStudents, Medicalen_US
dc.subject.meshWebcasts as Topicen_US
dc.titleThe effect of student training on accuracy of completion of death certificates.en_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.identifier.pmcidPMC2779619en_US
dc.contributor.corporatenameSection of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, Medical College of Georgiaen_US

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