Driving Policy after Seizures and Unexplained Syncope: A Practice Guide for RI Physicians

January 2014
Rhode Island Medical Journal;Jan2014, Vol. 97 Issue 1, p40
Academic Journal
Physicians in Rhode Island sometimes find it difficult to advise patients about returning to driving after they present with a seizure or syncopal episode due to lack of statutory or professional guidance on the issue. We provide an overview of the medical literature on public policies and recommendations regarding driving after seizures or syncope. We also present the laws in Rhode Island regarding physician notification of the medical advisory board of the Department of Motor Vehicles, legal obligations, and immunity from prosecution for those who report. Finally, we present the results of a survey of current practice by Rhode Island neurologists when they advise patients who have had a recent seizure or unexplained syncopal event. Based upon this information, we hope local practitioners are empowered in their decision making on driving restrictions and we hope this data informs future public policy efforts.


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