Association Analysis of Medical Opinions About the Non-realization of Autopsies in a Mexican Hospital

  • Elayne Rubio Delgado
  • Lisbeth Rodríguez-MazahuaEmail author
  • Silvestre Gustavo Peláez-Camarena
  • José Antonio Palet Guzmán
  • Asdrúbal López-Chau
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Hospital autopsy rates around the world have dramatically decreased in frequency in the past years. In that sense, as physicians are very close to that kind of practice, the opinions of doctors might help to clarify the reasons and characteristics of the decline of this important medical procedure. This chapter explains how, to the effects of this study, data mining techniques were applied to perform an analysis of medical opinions about the practice of autopsies in a hospital of Veracruz, Mexico. These opinions were obtained from a survey, applied to 85 doctors of the hospital. The application of data mining techniques allowed the construction of a model, which is represented by a set of rules. The rules suggest some factors that are related to the decrease of the realization of autopsies in the hospital. All this was achieved in a framework where support and confidence thresholds were applied. Likewise, the results were refined by the addition of an objective statistic measure, named Lift, which helps filter out uninteresting association rules.


Association rules Autopsy Data mining Mexican hospital 



The authors are very grateful to the National Technological of Mexico for supporting this work. Also, this chapter was sponsored by the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT), as well as by the Public Education Secretary (SEP) through PRODEP.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elayne Rubio Delgado
    • 1
  • Lisbeth Rodríguez-Mazahua
    • 1
    Email author
  • Silvestre Gustavo Peláez-Camarena
    • 1
  • José Antonio Palet Guzmán
    • 2
  • Asdrúbal López-Chau
    • 3
  1. 1.División de Estudios de Posgrado e InvestigaciónInstituto Tecnológico de OrizabaOrizabaMexico
  2. 2.Hospital Regional de Rio Blanco, H.R.R.BRío BlancoMexico
  3. 3.Universidad Autónoma del Estado de MéxicoZumpangoMexico

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