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Master Thesis

Le constat de décès en médecine générale : étude qualitative auprès de médecins généralistes aquitains

Abstract : Introduction: the attestation of death is a singular act in the practice of medicine, and more particularly in that of the general practitioner. There is no consensus on how to perform it. It is essentially based on experience. The objective of this work is to explore the attestation of death in general medicine. Tools and methods: we have carried out a qualitative study with thematic content analysis, by conducting semidirected individual interviews with general practitioners in Aquitaine. Results: sixteen interviews were conducted between March and July 2020. Doctors perceived the death certificate as a complex act. The circumstances of the death, the characteristics of the deceased and the presence of external interveners were factors that could complicate the determination of the events that led to the death as well as the presence of a medico-legal obstacle. Examination of the body was one of the main sources of difficulties encountered. The training of physicians in this practice appeared to be insufficient. Conclusion: the attestation of death is a complex act for which the physician must be versatile by combining medical skills, interpersonal qualities and investigative capacity. In view of the health and medico-legal stakes, it seems necessary to reinforce training and to set up means to facilitate its implementation.
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Quentin Lecourt. Le constat de décès en médecine générale : étude qualitative auprès de médecins généralistes aquitains. Médecine humaine et pathologie. 2021. ⟨dumas-03192198⟩



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