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Table 1 Relationship between main diagnosis (MD) and underlying cause of death (UCD) according to the place of death in/out hospital

From: Automated comparison of last hospital main diagnosis and underlying cause of death ICD10 codes, France, 2008–2009

Relationship UCD/MD In-hospital deaths % (n = 298 083) Out-of-hospital deaths % (n = 88 403)
Similarity (a) 40.2 23.1
Acceptable sequence (b) 48.6 49.8
Subtotal Consistency (a + b) 88.8 72.9
Independence 8.5 19.5
Non-informative UCD 2.7 7.6
Total 100.0 100.0