Fitness to Drive

A popular guide for physicians on determination of medical fitness to drive is published by the Canadian Medical Association. In the updated 7th edition, notable changes from the 6th edition reflect the emergence of evidence-based medical standards, with emphasis on functional assessment of patients for fitness to drive. This article discusses these aspects of the 7th edition of the aforementioned guide, with a focus on physicians' role in ensuring road safety by making the decision to recommend driving restrictions/cessation in those patients deemed to be limited in their ability to drive or unfit to drive altogether. Driving limitations or cessation decisions are usually based on a physician's ability to determine: functional limits imposed by a medical condition or combination of conditions; the associated risk of a catastrophic event or sudden incapacitation; and temporary impairment of fitness to drive caused by use of certain medications, substances, or procedures.


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  • Accession Number: 01076369
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 7 2007 6:22PM