Census of Medical Examiners' and Coroners' Offices, 2004 (ICPSR 20342)

Alternate Title:   MECO, 2004

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics


The Census of Medical Examiners' and Coroners' Offices (MECO) is a compilation of data on the practices of these offices, which are responsible for medical-legal death investigations. The data cover information such as the prevalence of unidentified human remains on record in medical examiners' and coroners' offices across the country, record-keeping practices, and final disposition practices such as burial, cremation, or other means. In addition, data were gathered on FTE employees, contractors, and annual budgets.

Series: Census of Medical Examiners' and Coroners' Offices (MECO) Series

Access Notes

  • One or more files in this data collection have special restrictions ; consult the restrictions note to learn more. You can apply online for access to the restricted-use data. A login is required to apply.

    A downloadable version of data for this study is available however, certain identifying information in the downloadable version may have been masked or edited to protect respondent privacy. Additional data not included in the downloadable version are available in a restricted version of this data collection. For more information about the differences between the downloadable data and the restricted data for this study, please refer to the codebook notes section of the PDF codebook. Users interested in obtaining restricted data must complete and sign a Restricted Data Use Agreement, describe the research project and data protection plan, and obtain IRB approval or notice of exemption for their research.

    Any public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.


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Study Description


United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics. Census of Medical Examiners' and Coroners' Offices, 2004. ICPSR20342-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-04-14. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR20342.v3

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR20342.v3

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    autopsy, coroners, death records, forensic medicine, victim identification

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2004

Date of Collection:   

  • 2005-10--2006-08

Universe:    Medical Examiners' and Coroners' offices in the United States

Data Type(s):    census/enumeration data

Data Collection Notes:

A new variable was added to the data set that contains the names of the offices. The data set will now be a restricted use study, with a public version having the office names blanked for confidentiality.


Mode of Data Collection:    mail questionnaire, Web-based survey

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2007-07-26

Version History:

  • 2011-04-19 Minor edit made to documentation.
  • 2011-04-14 This update contains a restricted use dataset that has the office names included in a new variable. The public use version contains this variable, but the office names have been removed for confidentiality
  • 2010-11-22 The initial release contained truncated data. This update includes the full data set.

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