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From Medscape Education Family Medicine

Driver Safety: The Clinician’s Connection

About This Series

older driver safety This activity is supported by a contract from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the United States Department of Transportation.

Americans love their vehicles. Whether it’s a car, truck, motorcycle, SUV, or van, we equate them with getting us to where we want to go, and our sense of independence with being able to drive. Transportation is vital to our patients to get them to and from medical appointments, testing, chemotherapy, dialysis, or buying groceries and medicine. The common theme for clinicians (primary care providers, nurses, therapists, specialists, social workers, and pharmacists) is the ability of patients to drive safely.

This site will house CME/CE-associated learning activities to facilitate the clinicians’ ability to assess for patients’ driving challenges and risks. The activities will also discuss driving safety with potentially at-risk drivers (those older and/or drug-impaired) and their families. Strategies are provided to enable clinicians to modify risk, when appropriate, and to address the difficult issue of what to do if their patient is thought to be a safety risk to self and others because they continue to drive.  

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