عنوان انگلیسی مقاله:
Estimation of the postmortem interval based on the human decomposition process
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برآورد فاصله بعد از مرگ بر اساس فرایند تجزیه انسانی
Sciencedirect - Elsevier - Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 61 (2019) 122-127: doi:10:1016/j:jflm:2018:12:004
H.T. Geldermana,b,c,d,∗, C.A. Kruivere, R.J. Oostraf, M.P. Zeegersg, W.L.J.M. Duijsth,i
Postmortem interval (PMI) estimations which are used as evidence in Dutch court are sometimes solely based on
the experience of the forensic physician without a scientific background. The aim of this study was to investigate
the degree of agreement between forensic physicians and their PMI estimations.
Fifteen cases were selected from 1534 external postmortem investigations. Photographs of the human remains
were presented to 89 forensic physicians in the Netherlands with the instruction to estimate the PMI based on
their experience, knowing the remains were found indoors and in which season. Data analysis was conducted by
using an interclass correlation (ICC) and Spearmans rank correlation coefficient.
This study shows a poor correlation (ICC=0.254) between the PMI estimations of the 89 forensic physicians.
It is therefore not advised that PMI estimations based on experience be used as evidence in court.
Keywords: Postmortem interval | Time since death | Decomposition | Human taphonomy | Dutch court