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Review of medical fitness to drive in Europe

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posted on 09.08.2018 by Brian Fildes, Jennie Oxley, Andrew Morris, Shaun Helman, Jill Weekley
Understanding the impact of medical fitness to drive is important as the driving population ages. This desktop study set out to examine older driver safety from international best evidence on various aspects likely to affect an older person’s fitness to drive, including the role of education, driver retraining, self-awareness, and cognitive preconditions. The review also reviewed the influence of medication and the role of the medical practitioner, as well as the effectiveness of mandatory licensing retesting. Key recommendations included the need for a standardised screening process across all Member States in assessing fitness to drive, consistent guidelines to assist medical practitioners in their role of assessing a patient’s level of safety, and promotion of materials to help older people make their own decision when to cease driving. A wider use of Medical Assessment Boards across Europe to ensure a consistent process in assessment of fitness to drive would be helpful and the development of an effective and transparent screening protocol based on functional capability is warranted when assessing fitness to drive among older drivers.

Funding

This study was funded by the European Commission (DG MOVE).

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HUMANIST Conference 2018

Citation

FILDES, B. ... et al., 2018. Review of medical fitness to drive in Europe. IN: Van Nes, N. and Voegele, C. (eds.) Proceedings of The 6th Humanist Conference, The Hague, The Netherlands, June 13 and 14th.

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

31/07/2018

Publication date

2018

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This is a conference paper.

ISBN

9782953171259

Language

en

Location

The Hague, The Netherlands

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