Census of Medical Examiner and Coroner Offices, 2018 (ICPSR 38251)

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United States Department of Justice. Bureau of Justice Statistics

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https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR38251.v1

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CMEC 2018

The 2018 Census of Medical Examiner and Coroner Offices (CMEC) collects information from every publicly funded medical examiner and coroner office in the United States. Data are collected on administration, staffing, budget, workload, policies, and practices of these offices.

United States Department of Justice. Bureau of Justice Statistics. Census of Medical Examiner and Coroner Offices, 2018. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2021-12-16. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR38251.v1

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The frame of medical examiner and coroner (ME/C) offices was based on the 2004 CMEC and the 2017 National Forensic Laboratory Information Management System (NFLIS) Medical Examiners and Coroners Survey funded by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). ME/C offices received a teleform and link to a web-based form where they could complete information. Offices may have also completed the form via Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI). To bolster participation, non-responding offices were offered the opportunity to answer a short version of the form that contained 'critical-items'.

Data come from all ME/C offices

Cross-sectional

All publicly funded medical examiner and coroner offices

Medical examiner or coroner office

Self-enumerated forms

A total of 2,112 ME/C officers were identified during verification efforts and were initially contacted to participate in the study. Of these, 44 were deemed ineligible based on responses to screener questions and 31 offices were compiled with another office's response. Of the remaining 2,037 unique and eligible offices, 1,648 responded for a total response rate of about 81%. Of the respondents, a total of 1,341 (82%) responded to the long version of the survey, and 307 (18%) responded to the critical-items version of the survey.

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2021-12-16

2021-12-16 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.
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There are two weighting adjustments provided in the file. For analysis of items that were critical (found in both the long and short version of the form), users should apply the "WEIGHT_FINAL_CRITICAL" variable. For items on the long form only (non-critical items), users should apply the "WEIGHT_FINAL_LONG" variable.

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  • The 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.