Indicator full name: Autopsy rate (%) for hospital deaths
- Country/Area (COUNTRY/AREA)
- Supranational group of countries (COUNTRY_GRP)
- Sex (SEX)
- Year of measure (YEAR)
Years data is available: 1970—2022
Last updated: 04 October 2023
- Western Balkans
The following abbreviations are used in the indicator titles:
Data collected annually, reference period: 31 December.
Facilities Organization (DG1). Minimal Hospital Data. Data are percentage of autopsies carried out
on patients who died at hospital during their classical stay.
It is the ratio (in %) of the total number of autopsies requested for hospital deaths to the total
number of deaths occurred in hospital.
The increase from 2011 to 2012 might be due to the use of a new software registration (IRIS
activity of health establishment in out-patient care - pathology. From 2007 to 2012: Czech
Statistical Office (CZSO) ? Vital Statistics
Deaths in all in-patient establishments are included.
No data for 2007 due to missing data.
Registry, National Institute for Health Development.
Institute for Strategic Health Research (ESKI). Source from 2012: National Institute for Quality-
and Organizational Development in Healthcare and Medicines (GYEMSZI). Source from 2015: Directorate
for Organizing and Developing Healthcare Service (µEEK).
records data on discharges from all publicly funded acute hospitals. The Healthcare Pricing Office
(HPO) manages the HIPE system. See www.hpo.ie.
HIPE data covers all in-patients and day cases receiving curative and rehabilitative care in
publicly funded acute hospitals in the State.
For historical reasons, a small number of non-acute hospitals are included in the database. This
activity represents less than 0.5% of total activity in HIPE.
HIPE data do not include private hospitals. Activity data for private hospitals is not available,
however based on a household survey carried out by the Central Statistics Office in 2010 it is
estimated that approximately 15% of all hospital inpatient activity in Ireland is undertaken in
private hospitals. It should be emphasized that this is an estimate only and so should be
interpreted with caution.
Data for Psychiatric in-patients and day-cases receiving curative and rehabilitative care in
specialist psychiatric hospitals have not been included. It is maintained on a separate database
which uses ICD 10 for coding diagnosis and also includes long-stay patients. This activity accounts
for approximately 2% of all Irish hospital activity. Psychiatric patients in acute general hospitals
are recorded in HIPE.
The data coverage in HIPE exceeds 96%, i.e. overall approximately 4% of activity in publicly funded
acute general hospitals is missing from HIPE.
Deviation from the definition: None
Break in time series: None
Source: National Center of Forensic Medicine and the Health Information Division, Ministry of
source. Data refer to all public and private hospitals. Clinical data gathered in the hospital
discharges database are coded with the following versions: until 2005 with ICD9-CM version 1997,
from 2006 to 2008 with ICD9-CM version 2002, since 2009 with the ICD9-CM version 2007.
Coverage: Including forensic autopsies since 2000.
Break in time series: till 2011 the data sources were both the annual statistical reports of health
establishments and the State Centre for Forensic Medicine Examination. Starting from 1999 the data
source is the Death Causes Database.
Coverage: The statistics on causes of death comprise all deaths, covering Norwegian residents,
whether the person in question was a Norwegian citizen or not and irrespective of whether the deaths
occurred in Norway or not. Causes of death for non-residents are registered separately.
Methodology: Statistics on causes of death has been published annually by Statistics Norway from
1925, from 2013 by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH).
ICD-10 was implemented in 1996.
Further information: http://www.fhi.no/artikler/?id=86276
hospitals that belong to the National Health Service (NHS) on the mainland are included. The data
from the hospitals located in the autonomous regions of Azores and Madeira, and the private
hospitals are not included.
Difference in methodology: From 2013 there are some changes in the methodology of collecting data.
Statistics on Health Establishments Providing Inpatient Care. Source from 1996: Ministry of Health,
Social Services and Equality.
Autopsy for 100 hospital deaths, excluding deaths in emergency department.
Source: Centre of Health Statistics, Ministry of Health