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Responsible management of motor vehicle drivers with dementia

Yates,M and Ibrahim,JE 2014, Responsible management of motor vehicle drivers with dementia, Journal of the royal college of physicians of Edinburgh, vol. 44, no. 1, pp. 4-7, doi: 10.4997/JRCPE.2014.101.

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Title Responsible management of motor vehicle drivers with dementia
Author(s) Yates,MORCID iD for Yates,M orcid.org/0000-0001-5845-138X
Ibrahim,JE
Journal name Journal of the royal college of physicians of Edinburgh
Volume number 44
Issue number 1
Start page 4
End page 7
Publisher Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Place of publication Edinburgh, Scotland
Publication date 2014
ISSN 2042-8189
Keyword(s) Driving
ageing
clinical assessment
dementia
physician's role
Summary When Bridget Driscoll, a 44-year-old mother of two died after being struck by a motor vehicle, considered to be the first motor vehicle fatality in UK and possibly the world, the coroner stated 'I trust this sort of nonsense will never happen again'.1 Sadly, the coroner, medical practitioners and general public would be deeply and repeatedly disappointed. It was 1896. Motor vehicles were a curiosity. Drivers did not undergo any form of testing, be it medical fitness, driving ability or otherwise, and there were no licensing regulatory agencies. By 2010, road injury was the ninth most common cause of death globally (1.3 million deaths per annum) and dementia the fourth most common in high income countries.2 By 2030 the number of all licensed UK drivers who are 65 years or older will increase by almost 50% to almost one in every four drivers.3 If the juxtaposition of driving with dementia in an ageing population is not already a contentious social, political and medical issue, it certainly will become so.
Language eng
DOI 10.4997/JRCPE.2014.101
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C4 Letter or note
ERA Research output type X Not reportable
Copyright notice ©2014, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
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