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dc.contributor.authorUlvik, Martine
dc.contributor.authorBratsberg, Nina
dc.contributor.authorNordrum, Ivar Skjåk
dc.contributor.authorFrost, Joachim
dc.identifier.citationForensic Science International. 2020, 2, .en_US
dc.description.abstractThe knowledge base regarding the frequency of forensic autopsies is limited. A Norwegian study investigated the practice of forensic autopsies in two neighbouring counties in Central Norway, Sør-Trøndelag and Nord-Trøndelag, in 2007–2009. This study revealed low autopsy rates for several manners of death and substantial regional differences. In 2013 the findings from this study received attention in Norwegian national media. The aim of our study was to evaluate the impact of this media attention by investigating the forensic autopsy rates in the same two counties over the time period 2007–2017, and, in particular, comparing the autopsy rates before and after the media attention in 2013. Data was retrieved anonymously from the Norwegian Cause of Death Registry, and analysed using the Chi square test. We found that the media attention in 2013 may have had a temporary effect on the forensic autopsy rates in Nord-Trøndelag, but overall there has been no noteworthy or lasting impact in either of the counties, and regional differences remain. The total forensic autopsy rate for unnatural deaths has declined from 40 % to 30 % over the time period 2007–2017, which is neither adequate nor in accordance with national legislation.en_US
dc.publisherElsevier Scienceen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internasjonal*
dc.titleTrends in forensic autopsy rates in Central Norway during the period 2007–2017: Can media attention impact autopsy practices?en_US
dc.typePeer revieweden_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.source.journalForensic Science Internationalen_US
dc.description.localcode©2020. The Author(s).Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license(

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