To the Editor: A news article in the 15 October issue of the Journal highlighted the contentious issue of doctors warning older patients that their driving skills may be impaired and the cost of such medical warnings1 — matters that had been raised in the New England Journal of Medicine2 and the BMJ.
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Warnings cut road trauma, but at a cost
Med J Aust 2012; 197 (11): 622.
Overs M. Warnings cut road trauma, but at a cost [news]. Med J Aust 2012; 197: 435.
Redelmeier DA, Yarnell CJ, Thiruchelvam D, Tibshirani RJ. Physicians’ warnings for unfit drivers and the risk of trauma from road crashes. N Engl J Med 2012; 367: 1228-1236.
O’Neill D. Medical screening of older drivers is not evidence based. BMJ 2012; 345: e6371.
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