Narrative patient data relevant to the context identified by note types.

Data Element

Information from the submission form

Cause of Death Information
Cause of death information includes the sequence of events leading to death as well as other conditions significantly contributing to death. The underlying cause of death may be different than the terminal condition. This may include summary of death note, and/or death information that may be captured within discharge summary note or other cause of death documentation within the clinical notes section."


CDC's Consolidated Comment

NCHS/DVS Vital Records SME feedback -From the medicolegal death investigation perspective, vital records supports this element but recognizes that this is limiting info to determine certify a cause of death. A clinical death note may not be sufficient to determine cause of death.  Medical examiner and Coroner’s would conduct their own investigation and need the full medical record to complete death certification.

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