Carpenter, Belinda and Tait, Gordon and Adkins, Glenda and Barnes, Michael and Naylor, Charles and Begum, Nelufa (2011) Communicating with the coroner: how religion, culture, and family concerns may influence autopsy decision making. Death Studies, 35 (4). pp. 316-337. ISSN 0748-1187
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2010.520506
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1080/07481187.2010.520506
Based on coronial data gathered in the state of Queensland in 2004, this article reviews how a change in legislation may have impacted autopsy decision making by coroners. More specifically, the authors evaluated whether the requirement that coronial autopsy orders specify the level of invasiveness of an autopsy to be performed by a pathologist was affected by the further requirement that coroners take into consideration a known religion, culture, and/or raised family concern before making such an order. Preliminary data reveal that the cultural status of the deceased did not affect coronial autopsy decision making. However, a known religion with a proscription against autopsy and a raised family concern appeared to be taken into account by coroners when making autopsy decisions and tended to decrease the invasiveness of the autopsy ordered from a full internal examination to either a partial internal examination or an external-only examination of the body. The impact of these findings is briefly discussed.
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|Uncontrolled Keywords:||religion; culture; body; coroner; legislation|
|Fields of Research (FOR2008):||22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220315 Philosophy of Religion|
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200204 Cultural Theory
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180119 Law and Society
|Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008):||C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950406 Religious Traditions (excl. Structures and Rituals)|
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