Sharing the responsibility for assessing the risk of the driver with dementia

Rapoport, Mark J.; Herrmann, Nathan; Molnar, Frank J.; Man-Son-Hing, Malcolm; Marshall, Shawn C.; Shulman, Ken; Naglie, Gary
September 2007
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;9/11/2007, Vol. 177 Issue 6, p599
Academic Journal
The article discusses the legal responsibility of physicians to report automobile drivers diagnosed with mild dementia to relevant licensing authorities. It is stated that drivers with medical conditions put public safety at risk thus physicians reporting dementia to health authorities is considered necessary. It informs that since on-road tests are expensive, drivers from the lower strata loose their licenses which affects the physician-patient relationship. Some solutions such as increased transport alternatives and development of tools for office based driving assessment are discussed. A chart listing the mandatory reporting legislation and recommendations in several countries including Canada, New Zealand, and the U.S. is also presented.


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