Neurologists' attitudes toward driving among persons with epilepsy in China: A pilot electronic survey

Persons with epilepsy (PWE) remain completely and permanently prohibited from driving in China currently. Previous studies have shown that a considerable proportion of PWE with uncontrolled seizures in China continue to drive motor vehicles. Discrepancy between Chinese policy and driving practices for PWE is potentially concerning. The authors conducted a preliminary online electronic questionnaire (e-questionnaire) survey among neurologists in China aiming to explore neurologists' attitudes toward the issue of driving among PWE. A total of 358 neurologists completed the e-questionnaire with a response rate of 75.8%. 50.3% of neurologists stated that they knew the driving restriction law in China. With respect to reporting of cases to relevant driving authorities, 82.4% of neurologists never directly report PWE, and 90.8% consider that it is PWE's responsibility to report themselves. 87.4% of physicians surveyed indicated that the lack of clearly-articulated guidelines is a major impediment to their routine discussions of driving fitness for PWE. Subgroup analysis indicated that 76.2% of epileptologists were of the opinion that persons with well-controlled epilepsy should be allowed to drive versus 56.2% of general neurologists (P<0.05). Currently, neurologists in China have a low awareness of the legal driving restriction for PWE and have highly varying practices with respect to counseling PWE about driving. According to the preliminary results, a clearly-articulated published national document for medical fitness for driving in China is necessary in order to standardize physicians' practices.


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  • Accession Number: 01765988
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 26 2021 3:06PM