Fitness to drive in cognitive impairment – a quantitative study of GPs’ experience

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/559066
Title:
Fitness to drive in cognitive impairment – a quantitative study of GPs’ experience
Authors:
Doherty, Una; Hawke, Ana-Louise; Kearns, Jamie; Kelly, M
Publisher:
Irish Medical Journal
Journal:
Irish medical journal
Issue Date:
Apr-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/559066
Abstract:
Assessing fitness to drive is part of the role of general practitioners. Cognitive impairment may affect an individualâ s ability to drive safely. The aims of our study were to question GPs about their experience of assessing patients with cognitive impairment for driving fitness and to explore their attitudes to this role. We carried out a quantitative cross-sectional anonymous postal survey of 200 GPs in counties Galway, Mayo and Roscommon. Ethical approval was obtained from the Irish College of General Practitioners. Data was analysed using Epi Info. The response rate was 62.5% (n=125). 86 (68.8%) GPs used guidelines when assessing fitness to drive in cognitive impairment. 83 (66.4%) respondents formally assess cognitive function. 52 (41.6%) GPs would certify someone as fit to drive with verbal restrictions. 102 (81.6 %) respondents feel confident in assessing fitness to drive. 98 (78.4%) GPs have referred patients for further assessment.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
GENERAL PRACTICE; DRIVING; COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT; CLINICAL ASSESSMENT

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorDoherty, Unaen
dc.contributor.authorHawke, Ana-Louiseen
dc.contributor.authorKearns, Jamieen
dc.contributor.authorKelly, Men
dc.date.accessioned2015-07-06T15:36:12Zen
dc.date.available2015-07-06T15:36:12Zen
dc.date.issued2015-04en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/559066en
dc.description.abstractAssessing fitness to drive is part of the role of general practitioners. Cognitive impairment may affect an individualâ s ability to drive safely. The aims of our study were to question GPs about their experience of assessing patients with cognitive impairment for driving fitness and to explore their attitudes to this role. We carried out a quantitative cross-sectional anonymous postal survey of 200 GPs in counties Galway, Mayo and Roscommon. Ethical approval was obtained from the Irish College of General Practitioners. Data was analysed using Epi Info. The response rate was 62.5% (n=125). 86 (68.8%) GPs used guidelines when assessing fitness to drive in cognitive impairment. 83 (66.4%) respondents formally assess cognitive function. 52 (41.6%) GPs would certify someone as fit to drive with verbal restrictions. 102 (81.6 %) respondents feel confident in assessing fitness to drive. 98 (78.4%) GPs have referred patients for further assessment.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIrish Medical Journalen
dc.subjectGENERAL PRACTICEen
dc.subjectDRIVINGen
dc.subjectCOGNITIVE IMPAIRMENTen
dc.subjectCLINICAL ASSESSMENTen
dc.titleFitness to drive in cognitive impairment – a quantitative study of GPs’ experienceen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalIrish medical journalen
dc.description.fundingNo fundingen
dc.description.provinceConnachten
dc.description.peer-reviewpeer-reviewen
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