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Type: Journal article
Title: The perinatal autopsy: Pertinent issues in multicultural Western Europe
Author: Gordijn, S.
Erwich, J.
Khong, T.
Citation: European Journal of Obstetrics Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, 2007; 132(1):3-7
Publisher: Elsevier Sci Ireland Ltd
Issue Date: 2007
ISSN: 0301-2115
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Sanne J. Gordijn, Jan Jaap H.M. Erwich and T. Yee Khong
Abstract: Western Europe is in a demographic transition with increasing multicultural societies. Health professionals have to understand the background, religious and cultural aspects of parents to counsel them regarding an autopsy in the event of a perinatal loss. Autopsy rates have declined over the past decades, the major limiting factor being the granting of permission for an autopsy, possibly because of adverse publicity or reluctance of doctors to obtain consent. Autopsy has proved its value in revealing unsuspected findings. The public can be convinced of this utility by means of good information notwithstanding their religious or cultural background.
Keywords: Humans
Infant, Newborn, Diseases
Treatment Refusal
Professional-Family Relations
Emigration and Immigration
Parental Consent
Infant, Newborn
Description: Copyright © 2006 Elsevier Ireland Ltd All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ejogrb.2006.10.031
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