Ethics of Clinical Decision-Making for Older Drivers: Reporting Health-Related Driving Risk

As the population ages, the number of older drivers will continue to increase. The responsibility of providing care and maintaining confidentiality for their patients while ensuring public safety falls upon health care professionals. The ethics of clinical decision-making pertaining to reporting health-related driving risk of older drivers to licensing authorities are discussed in this article. Among the discussions are ethical considerations inherent in reporting driving risk, including confidentiality, autonomy, therapeutic relationships, and the uncertainty about determining individual driving safety and risk. Also addressed is the moral agency of reporting health-related driving risk, and the question of whose responsibility it is to report is raised. Also discussed are issues of uncertainty surrounding clinical reasoning and concepts related to risk assessment. Some of the issues and challenges faced by health care professionals as they seek to balance their responsibilities for their patients while ensuring road safety for all citizens are presented as two case studies.


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  • Accession Number: 01607007
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 17 2016 1:36PM