Death investigation systems and disease surveillance.

McGowan, CR; Viens, AM; (2010) Death investigation systems and disease surveillance. Epidemiology and infection. pp. 1-5. ISSN 0950-2688 DOI:

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SUMMARYMedico-legal death investigation systems have the potential to play an important role in disease surveillance. While these systems are in place to serve a public function, the degree to which they are independent of central government can vary depending on jurisdiction. How these systems use this independence may present problems for public health initiatives, as it allows death investigators to decline to participate in government-led surveillance regardless of how critical the studies may be to public health and safety. A recent illustration of this problem in the UK is examined, as well as general lessons for removing impediments to death investigation systems participating in public health research.

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Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Global Health and Development
Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Social and Environmental Health Research
PubMed ID: 21156100
Web of Science ID: 291115200002


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