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[Dementia and automobile driving capacity].

Authors
  • Püllen, R
Type
Published Article
Journal
Versicherungsmedizin / herausgegeben von Verband der Lebensversicherungs-Unternehmen e.V. und Verband der Privaten Krankenversicherung e.V
Publication Date
Jun 01, 1995
Volume
47
Issue
3
Pages
99–100
Identifiers
PMID: 7610534
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

There are only few investigations about the driving ability in demented patients. The available data point to an elevated risk of accident. Patients with very mild dementia, however, are often fit enough to drive. Unfortunately there are no tests available to identify demented drivers with a high risk of accidents. So it remains an individual decision of the doctor to assess the driving ability in demented patients. The caregiver's assessment of the driving competency and psychometric tests are helpful, if an in-car road test is not possible. Further investigations and simple tests are needed.

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