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Dementia and driving: an approach for general practice

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Abstract


  • Background

    As our population ages, the proportion of drivers with dementia will continue to rise. Increasingly, health professionals are faced with the clinical dilemma of determining fitness to drive. Unfortunately, the management of drivers with dementia is fraught with hazards.

    Objective

    This article attempts to provide an overview of the complex issue of driving and dementia as it relates to general practitioners in Australia. In addition, an evidence based management strategy is proposed.

    Discussion

    When determining an individual’s fitness to drive, a clinician’s input may have legal, ethical, emotional and social ramifications. At present, a clear consistent national protocol detailing how one should establish fitness to drive is lacking. There is a need for research addressing how to facilitate early retirement from driving without jeopardising patient-doctor relationships.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Carmody, J., Traynor, V. & Iverson, D. C. (2012). Dementia and driving: an approach for general practice. Australian Family Physician, 41 (4), 230-233.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84861508696

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4075&context=hbspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/3023

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 3

Start Page


  • 230

End Page


  • 233

Volume


  • 41

Issue


  • 4

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • Background

    As our population ages, the proportion of drivers with dementia will continue to rise. Increasingly, health professionals are faced with the clinical dilemma of determining fitness to drive. Unfortunately, the management of drivers with dementia is fraught with hazards.

    Objective

    This article attempts to provide an overview of the complex issue of driving and dementia as it relates to general practitioners in Australia. In addition, an evidence based management strategy is proposed.

    Discussion

    When determining an individual’s fitness to drive, a clinician’s input may have legal, ethical, emotional and social ramifications. At present, a clear consistent national protocol detailing how one should establish fitness to drive is lacking. There is a need for research addressing how to facilitate early retirement from driving without jeopardising patient-doctor relationships.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Carmody, J., Traynor, V. & Iverson, D. C. (2012). Dementia and driving: an approach for general practice. Australian Family Physician, 41 (4), 230-233.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84861508696

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4075&context=hbspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/3023

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 3

Start Page


  • 230

End Page


  • 233

Volume


  • 41

Issue


  • 4

Place Of Publication


  • Australia