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Data Collection: Census of Medical Examiner and Coroner (ME/C) Offices
Status: Active
Frequency: 2004
Latest data available: 2004

Provides data on the personnel, budgets, and workload of medical examiner and coroner offices by type of office and size of jurisdiction. The census gathers information on the number of unidentified human decedents handled by these offices, record-keeping practices, and use of national databases for unidentified remains.

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Data Experts

  • Connor Brooks, BJS Statistician (Email this expert)
  • Matthew R. Durose, BJS Statistician (Email this expert)
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    Collection Period


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    Census of Medical Examiner and Coroner Offices
    2005 PDF (152K)
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    Data collection for the 2004 Census of Medical Examiner and Coroner Offices was conducted by RTI International (RTI) on behalf of BJS under cooperative agreement 2005-MU-MU-K011. BJS provided an initial draft questionnaire and respondent list to RTI. RTI reviewed the draft questionnaire for general content and design and coordinated a forensic expert panel review of the instrument to obtain feedback on specific items.

    The initial list of ME/C offices operating in the United States was provided to BJS by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. RTI updated the list and conducted telephone verification of contact information for each office.

    Data were collected by mixed mode. In addition to mail-out packages, RTI created a web site on which respondents could access the questionnaire and provide responses electronically. Follow-up efforts included Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) and e-mail. Seventy-one percent of respondents used mail or facsimile transmission of data, 13% responded via the Internet, and 16% responded by telephone.

    A total of 1,998 ME/C offices were enumerated in the census. Despite extensive follow-up efforts, 281 ME/C offices did not respond to the request for information, yielding an overall response rate of 85.9%.

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    Publications & Products

    The following publications and products were generated by BJS using data from this collection.

    Medical Examiners and Coroners' Offices, 2004 Presents key findings from the 2004 Census of Medical Examiners and Coroners' (ME/C) Offices.
      Press Release | Full report (PDF 337K) | ASCII file (34K) | Spreadsheet (Zip format 60K) | To order paper version

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