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Driving restrictions post-stroke: Physicians' compliance with regulations
Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, Traffic and road users, Förare och fordon, FOF.
Region Östergötland.
Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, Traffic and road users, Trafikanttillstånd, TIL.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4790-7094
2017 (English)In: Traffic Injury Prevention, ISSN 1538-9588, E-ISSN 1538-957X, 1-4 p.Article in journal (Refereed) In press
Abstract [en]

Objective: Suffering a stroke might lead to permanent cognitive and/or physical impairment. It has been shown that these impairments could have an impact on an individual's fitness to drive. In Sweden, as in many other countries, there are regulations on driving cessation post-stroke. Information on driving cessation should be given to all patients and noted in the journal.The present study sought to determine physician's compliance to driving regulations post-stroke as well as follow-up and gender aspects.

Method: A retrospective study of medical records on stroke patients was carried out. The study covered all of the medical records on stroke incidents (n = 342) during a year at a typical medium to large-sized hospital in Sweden.

Results: A journal entry on driving cessation post-stroke was missing in 81% of the medical records. Only 2% of the patients were scheduled for a follow-up meeting specifically concerning fitness to drive. Significantly more men than women had an entry on driving in the journal.

Conclusions: We conclude that the Swedish regulations on driving cessation post-stroke were not followed at the participating hospital. It is crucial that all stroke patients receive information on driving cessation because their condition might affect fitness to drive. Analysis of follow-up records showed that there was no consistent method for assessment of a patient's fitness to drive. There was also a gender difference in the material, which warrants further investigation.

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2017. 1-4 p.
Keyword [en]
Fitness to drive, Illness, Medical examination, Legislation, Compliance (specif)
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80 Road: Traffic safety and accidents, 84 Road: Road users
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URN: urn:nbn:se:vti:diva-11712DOI: 10.1080/15389588.2016.1265954Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85014574712OAI: oai:DiVA.org:vti-11712DiVA: diva2:1081995
Available from: 2017-03-15 Created: 2017-03-15 Last updated: 2017-03-23Bibliographically approved

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