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Fitness to Drive: A Guide for Health Professionals

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Motor vehicle accidents are a major cause of death and injury worldwide. Health professionals can make an important contribution to reducing this risk by providing sound advice on safe driving to individuals with health-related impairments.

Fitness to Drive: A Guide for Health Professionals is an essential resource for all health professionals to help them give valid advice on fitness to drive. Good advice is derived from an assessment of the driver's risk of crashing and of ...

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Overview

Motor vehicle accidents are a major cause of death and injury worldwide. Health professionals can make an important contribution to reducing this risk by providing sound advice on safe driving to individuals with health-related impairments.

Fitness to Drive: A Guide for Health Professionals is an essential resource for all health professionals to help them give valid advice on fitness to drive. Good advice is derived from an assessment of the driver's risk of crashing and of their ability to drive safely now and in the future. This book explains the evidence and rationale that underpins the health professional's contribution to safe driving.

Topics covered include:
Capabilities and sensory inputs required for safe driving
Effects of different impairments
Mental functions and nervous system capabilities
Impairing effects of medications, alcohol and non-therapeutic drugs
Effects of injury, surgery and musculoskeletal disease
Health-related causes of sudden incapacitation.

Fitness to Drive: A Guide for Health Professionals is written primarily for health professionals and will also prove valuable to others concerned with health and fitness to drive, including road safety advisers, insurers, fleet managers and driving instructors. Individuals with health problems who wish to understand the relevance of their condition to driving and how it may be assessed will also find this book useful.

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Editorial Reviews

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New guide for doctors released to keep unsafe drivers off road. The manual "Fitness to Drive", advises GPs whether patients are a risk behind the wheel.
Auto Express

... accessible and useful information for doctors.
Hospital Doctor

Fitness to Drive: A Guide for Health Professionals is the most up-to-date guide on the capabilities required for safe driving.
Newslink MSA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853156519
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/10/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Carter, Chief Medical Adviser, Department for Transport, UK

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Table of Contents

Introduction
SECTION 1: DRIVING AND IMPAIRMENT - MANAGING THE RISK
1. Health and the driving risk
2. Driver impairment and the risk of a road crash
3. Who does what?
4. Driving and the clinical consultation
5. Age, disability and assessment of needs for mobility
6. Rationale for decisions on fitness to drive
7. Driving for work
SECTION 2: SENSORY IMPAIRMENT
8. Vision
9. Hearing and other sensory inputs
SECTION 3: IMPAIRMENT OF COGNITION AND NERVOUS SYSTEM CONTROL
10. Cognitive impairment and dementia
11. Mental ill-health
12. Nervous system diseases
13. Medication
14. Alcohol and non-therapeutic drugs
SECTION 4: IMPAIRMENT OF MOVEMENT
15. Injury, surgery and musculoskeletal conditions
SECTION 5: SUDDEN INCAPACITY
16. Loss of consciousness or altered awareness
17. Seizures and epilepsy
18. Tumours and cancers
19. Cardiovascular disease
20. Diabetes
21. Sleep disorders
Appendices
1. Tools for assessment of fitness to drive
2. Fitnes for other safety-critical tasks
Index
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