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Identifying and Definitional Attributes
QH 0142352 v1
Data Element
Derived Data Element
Information Management Strategic Governance Committee (IMSGC), Queensland Health
The type of post-mortem examination performed on a product of birth.
Queensland Perinatal Data Collection (QPDC)
Type of autopsy
Representational Attributes
Permissible Values


0No autopsy or examination performed
1Full autopsy performed
2Limited autopsy performed
3Autopsy performed but type unknown
4Other examination only
Supplementary Values


9Not stated/inadequately described
Collection and Usage Attributes
Code 0 No autopsy or examination performed
Use this code when no autopsy or examination was performed.

Code 1 Full autopsy performed
Use this code if a full autopsy was performed. A full autopsy is a comprehensive review of the clinical notes and maternal investigations, placental examination, and examination of the product of birth including measurements and clinical photographs, radiological investigations, evisceration, dissection, and organ examination, including detailed histological evaluation.

Code 2 Limited autopsy performed
A limited autopsy is performed when the extent of the examination of the product of birth is limited, compared to a full autopsy. A limited autopsy may include detailed external, placental and umbilical cord examinations and external measurements, skin/needle blood sampling, clinical photography, radiological investigations, external examination and some testing on small samples of tissue internal examination limited to certain areas of the body.

Code 3 Autopsy performed but type unknown
Use this code if an autopsy was performed on the product of birth but the type of autopsy is unknown.

Code 4 Other examination only
Use this code if any other examination to the ones listed above was performed on the product of birth.

Code 9 Not stated/inadequately described
Use this code when data is missing or inadequately described.
In the case of multiple births, this data element should be recorded for each perinatal death.
Relational Attributes
Related Metadata References

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Source and Reference Attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
METeOR data element: Product of birth-type of autopsy performed, code N identifier 716412, Health Standard 17/12/2021  https://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/716412?technical=True