Driving in Parkinson's disease

Schrag, A.
February 2005
Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry;Feb2005, Vol. 76 Issue 2, p159
Academic Journal
This article focuses on driving safety in Parkinson's disease. Patients with Parkinson's disease are usually advised to inform the driving licensing authority and their driving insurance company of the diagnosis. However, until a few years ago, Parkinson's disease was not considered a major obstacle to safe driving until the advanced stages. This changed when in 1999 sudden onset sleep attacks in patients with Parkinson's disease on dopaminergic drugs were first reported. However, while this remains an important issue, relatively little attention has been paid to the overall ability and competence of patients with Parkinson's disease to drive a motor vehicle, unrelated to sleep attacks. Experienced, qualified driving assessors who were blinded to the diagnosis found that in a realistic, on road setting, overall driving safety in patients with Parkinson's disease was significantly impaired.


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