Letters Screening of older drivers

We need evidence based tools to identify medically at risk drivers

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e7087 (Published 24 October 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7087
  1. Ediriweera Desapriya, research associate12,
  2. Yamesha Ranatunga, highly qualified person12,
  3. Ian Pike, assistant professor 12
  1. 1British Columbia Injury Research and Prevention Unit, Developmental Neurosciences and Child Health: Neurons to Neighbourhoods, British Columbia Children’s Hospital, BC, Vancouver, Canada, V6H 3V4
  2. 2Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, BC, Vancouver
  1. edesap{at}cw.bc.ca

In his personal view, O’Neill argued that medical screening of older drivers is misguided and typifies a worrying lack of due diligence.1 A recent Cochrane systematic review has shown that existing screening tools to identify high risk drivers fail to preserve transport mobility or reduce motor vehicle crashes.2 There is now sufficient evidence to conclude that age based screening for fitness …

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