Trend Analysis of Medically Certified Death in Malaysia, 1995 - 2010
This study aims to examine the trend of death certification in Malaysia from 1995 to 2010. In addition, this study also investigates the ecological association between the number of registered medical officer and death certification. Death record was retrieved from the National Registration Department (NRD), Malaysia and record for the number of registered medical officer was retrieved from the Health Informatics Centre (HIC), Ministry of Health (MOH), Malaysia. The trend analysis indicated that the medically certified death was increasing over time compared to the static trend in non-medically certified deaths. In ecological trend, the increased number of medically certified death is also associated with the increased number of registered medical officer in the country. Although there is a positive trend of death certification in Malaysia, there are still a large number of non-medically certified deaths.
Medically certified death; death trend; death certification; Malaysia