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Time between death and funeral services in Puerto Rico following Hurricane María

Santos-Lozada, Alexis R
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Santos-Lozada, Alexis R: Pennsylvania State University

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Abstract: This descriptive finding examines patterns in time to funeral following Hurricane María, in Puerto Rico between in 2017 and 2018. I calculate average time to funeral by month, and by autopsy status. Data for this study come from death records obtained from the Puerto Rico Vital Statistics System with support from the Puerto Rico Institute of Statistics. I produce ranges of variation by month as means with corresponding 95% confidence intervals (95% CI) for each month. The average number of days after Hurricane María indicate that the number of days has reduced but was significantly higher in September 2017. The analysis by autopsy status, indicates that on average cases where an autopsy was performed had a greater number of days between death and funeral. After Hurricane Maria, the number of days was higher but patterns of reduction are observed in this descriptive analysis. Cases sent to the Forensic Science Institute for an autopsy had significantly higher number of days between death and funeral than those who were not sent.

Date: 2019-03-01
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DOI: 10.31219/

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