Table 4

Source of information about cause of death

Source of informationFrequency%
*Formal=cause of death information from health worker, social services, police or coroner. **Informal=cause of death information from relative, neighbour or newspaper report.
Death certificate information in patient record19433.6
    GP certification52
    Information from other doctor88
    Information from coroner51
    Information from relative3
Death certificate information from HA28950.0
No death certificate details available9516.4
    Formal cause of death used*51
    Informal cause of death used**13
    No cause of death information of any sort31