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Pathologists’ terminology for sudden infant deaths

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Whatever terms are used for sudden unexpected deaths in infancy (SUDI) it is important that terminology should be agreed and standardised; everybody should “sing from the same hymn sheet”. A survey carried out for the Foundation for the study of Infant Deaths, in collaboration with the Office of National Statistics and the Royal College of Pathologists (

) has shown that pathologists vary in their use of terms when reporting on SUDI.

A questionnaire was sent to all 105 pathologists known by the Royal College of …

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