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Routine mortality monitoring for detecting mass murder in UK general practice: test of effectiveness using modelling.

Authors
  • Guthrie, Bruce
  • Love, Tom
  • Kaye, Rebecca
  • MacLeod, Margaret
  • Chalmers, Jim
Type
Published Article
Journal
The British journal of general practice : the journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
Publication Date
May 01, 2008
Volume
58
Issue
550
Pages
311–317
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3399/bjgp08X280164
PMID: 18482483
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

At best, mortality monitoring can act as a backstop to detect a particularly prolific serial killer when other means of detection have failed. Policy should focus on changes likely to improve detection of individual murders, such as reform of death certification and the coroner system.

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