PHYSICIANS' RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR PATIENTS' SAFETY IN TRAFFIC

In Sweden, an applicant for a driving licence must submit a health declaration and undergo a medical examination, the effect on traffic safety is not known. A study is being carried out to determine if the examination reveals anything that could not be derived from the declaration. The author discusses the reasons for Sweden not introducing mandatory reporting of the disorders which could increase traffic hazards. The decision whether to report a case or not rests with the doctor who must evaluate each case on its merits. The current regulation states that the doctor should report disorders but need not do so because accidents due to sudden attacks of disability are rare, thresholds of danger are difficult to establish and the risk of losing a licence could stop a patient from seeking medical advice. The disorder could be a transient one and a patient's confidence could be lost if it was reported. /TRRL/

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    International Association for Accident and Traffic Medicine

    Huddinge University Hospital Center, Traffic Medicine Center
    Stockholm,   Sweden  141 86

    International Association for Accident and Traffic Medicine

    Huddinge University Hospital Center, Traffic Medicine Center
    Stockholm,   Sweden  141 86
  • Authors:
    • ANDREASSON, R
  • Publication Date: 1976

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 63-64
  • Serial:
    • Journal of traffic medicine
    • Volume: 4
    • Issue Number: 4
    • Publisher: International Association for Accident and Traffic Medicine
    • ISSN: 0345-5564

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00153306
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Analytic
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 20 1977 12:00AM