Smoking kills: so why is it missing from death certificates?

The Clinical Senate’s Helping Smokers Quit Programme is holding a workshop to focus on improving the coding of death certificates. We would like to improve national data on mortality by requiring smoking history to be recorded on death certificates when it was a significant contributory factor. This event will be of interest to clinicians with responsibility for death certification, Clinical coders, Medical examiners, Medical Directors, Pathologists, Professional Bodies, Coroners.

The National Medical Examiner Professor Peter Furness will be speaking at the workshop, and the programme for the event is now available.
Smoking Kills: Death Certification Workshop Agenda

The workshop aims to:
◾Explore current practice in death certification across London
◾Discuss opportunities, challenges and potential solutions to better recording of death certification, including smoking as a cause of death
◾Identify key actions needed to improve coding of death certification
◾Agree what practical guidance would assist
◾Consider the potential to develop a consensus statement on coding smoking (tobacco dependency) on death certificates

The workshop will be held on Thursday 9 July 2015, 2-5pm at the King’s Fund, 11-13 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0AN. You can register for the event via the link in the invitation below.
Smoking kills – so why is it missing from death certificates – Invitation to Workshop

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