Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: Autopsies could have new and
important roles in monitoring quality and improvement in addition to
the roles enumerated in JAMA.1,2 First, increasing
proportions of Americans die outside of the hospital and most are old,
multiply ill, and have had limited diagnostic
interventions.3 Without autopsies, no one can know how often medical mistakes are buried.
Lynn J, Cobbs E, Orenstein J. Autopsy Rates and Diagnosis. JAMA. 1999;281(23):2181. doi:10.1001/jama.281.23.2181