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Among diagnostic tests for stillbirth, fetal autopsy is an important audit tool to identify the cause of death. However, many countries have reported a decrease in autopsy rates,1 ,2 due either to more frequent refusal from parents or to fewer proposals of this examination.
We measured the evolution of autopsy refusal rate over a 10-year period in a French region and identified the circumstances associated with refusal: all fetal deaths registered in the Lower Normandy perinatal death registry from 2005 to 2014 were included (except induced abortions). The decade was divided into three periods to reduce …
Contributors FJ and PT planned the study, collected data, carried out the analyses and drafted the initial manuscript. CJ-P, MM and AM participated in the data collection and reviewed the manuscript. BG, GB, MD critically reviewed and revised the manuscript before approving the final manuscript as submitted.
Competing interests None declared.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
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