For Physicians and Referrers
Physicians are on the front lines of observing functional declines, medical conditions, and progressive diseases that can jeopardize an older adult's ability to drive safely. Although many families have looked to physicians to talk about driving safety with a parent or spouse, physicians largely have been reluctant to do so for a variety of reasons.
AMA's Physician's Guide to Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers
The American Medical Association (AMA), with support from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has developed the Physician's Guide to Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers. This guide not only provides an overview of safety and older drivers, but also discusses
- Physician interventions,
- Legal and ethical responsibilities of physicians, and
- Medical conditions and medications that may impair driving.
Of special note for occupational therapists is that the guide devotes a chapter to the role of driver rehabilitation specialists in evaluating driving skills and providing remediation. Read the Guide.