The study was set up to investigate the awareness of elderly patients and medical doctors of medical restrictions to driving.
Separate questionnaires were completed by patients and doctors.
All were interviewed face-to-face, without prior warning and their immediate answers were recorded.
In total, 150 elderly patients from the acute elderly care wards, rehabilitation wards and day hospital, and 50 doctors (including all grades from consultant to junior house officer) were interviewed.
The main outcome measures were numbers of patients currently driving and previously driving ; patients'awareness of how their medical condition affected their ability to drive ; doctors'spontaneous knowledge of medical conditions which restrict driving, current licensing policy, and restrictions for five specific medical conditions (epilepsy, myocardial infarction, stroke, 5-cm abdominal aortic aneurysm, and diabetes).
Only 21 patients were current drivers, and six of these should not have been driving.
While 103 perceived themselves eligible to drive, 46 had medical restrictions to driving.
Seventeen of the 47 patients who perceived themselves not eligible to drive possibly did not have restrictions to driving.
Doctors'knowledge of the current licensing policy and action to be taken if a patient was not eligible to drive was very poor.
Knowledge of medical restrictions to driving was scanty, with few doctors giving the correct driving restrictions for the five specific conditions. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Conduite véhicule, Homme, Personne âgée, Enquête opinion, Médecin, Prise conscience, Contreindication, Pratique professionnelle, Evaluation professionnelle
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Vehicle driving, Human, Elderly, Opinion inquiry, Physician, Awareness, Counter indication, Professional practice, Professional evaluation
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0437151
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 22/03/2000.