New Guideline Aids Conversations on Driving with Dementia

March 22, 2011

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A new evidence-based clinical guideline published by the American Academy of Neurology in the April 20, 2010, edition of the journal Neurology® suggests that physicians should consider multiple information sources to evaluate driving safety, including observers' reports of declining driving skill and driving tests. Clinicians are obligated to identify conditions that may risk the health of their patients or the public. Although some people with dementia still can drive safely for a time, they should use caution. Nearly all people with dementia will have to give up their keys eventually. It is important for doctors to discuss this with their patients soon after diagnosis.

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