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Gaceta Sanitaria

versão impressa ISSN 0213-9111


CIRERA, Lluís; SEGURA, Andreu  e  HERNANDEZ, Ildefonso. Deaths by COVID-19: Not all were registered and others should not be accounted for. Gac Sanit [online]. 2021, vol.35, n.6, pp.590-593.  Epub 04-Abr-2022. ISSN 0213-9111.

The death counts from COVID-19 have generated public controversy. The regional health councils' need for information regarding the cases, has generated a variety of formats and procedures, used to report this information. Consequently, this data has not always been communicated in a comparable manner to the Ministry of Health. The compilation of mortality statistics is complex. Central and autonomous public administrations are involved, and not in the same way. The medical death certificate (DC) is the main source of information that allows to specify place of occurrence and causes of death. The on-line registration of the DC in the computerized civil registry and/or digital medical records, would allow to establish a statistical processing circuit, and to obtain a death count more quickly according to causes of death in the event of a health emergency. This requires a multi-level institutional agreement for a total telematics statistic process of death causes in Spain.

Palavras-chave : Public health surveillance; Vital statistics; Death certificates; Medical informatics; Cause of death; Spain.

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