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Table 1 Description of journals and publications reviewed (n = 106)

From: The utility of medico-legal databases for public health research: a systematic review of peer-reviewed publications using the National Coronial Information System

  Number of publications Proportion of publications
  n %
Journal country   
 Australia 41 38.7
 United Kingdom 34 32.1
 United States of America/Canada 14 13.2
 Germany 6 5.7
 Ireland 5 4.7
 Switzerland 3 2.8
 Netherlands 2 1.9
 United Arab Emirates 1 0.9
Journal category   
 Occupational Health and Safety 28 26.4
 Medicine 26 24.5
 Law and Legal Medicine 13 12.3
 Psychiatry 12 11.3
 Health policy & services 9 8.5
 Pharmacology 7 6.6
 Engineering 7 6.6
 Othera 4 3.8
Journal ranking quartile within category
 Q1 33 31.1
 Q2 31 29.2
 Q3 12 11.3
 Q4 10 9.4
 Not indexed 20 19.0
Design   
 Retrospective case series 94 88.7
 Retrospective cohort 6 5.7
 Ecological 5 4.7
 Prospective case series 1 0.9
Number of years of data   
 <2 years 5 4.7
 2–5 years 18 17.0
 6–9 years 62 58.5
 ≥10 years 19 17.9
 Unknown 2 1.9
Intent   
 Unintentional 42 39.7
 All intent 35 33.0
 Intentional self-harm 27 25.5
 Assault 1 0.9
 Natural 1 0.9
Death type   
 Intentional self-harm 27 25.5
 Transport 18 17.0
 Other reportable deathsb 13 12.3
 Toxicology 12 11.3
 Work 10 9.4
 Special groupsc 8 7.5
 Drowning 7 6.6
 Recreation 7 6.6
 Locationd 4 3.8
  1. aIncludes multidisciplinary sciences, sport sciences and social sciences
  2. bIncludes natural deaths, assaults, traumatic brain injuries and other unintentional deaths
  3. cIncludes children, Indigenous and Torres Straight Islanders, and prisoners
  4. dIncludes farms, emergency departments and residential aged care