Driving ability, mental illness and psychotropic medication in the elderly

Serra, Anne-Laure; von Gunten, Armin; Mosimann, Urs Peter; Favrat, Bernard (2014). Driving ability, mental illness and psychotropic medication in the elderly. Revue médicale suisse, 10(428), pp. 981-985. Médecine & Hygiène

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Fitness to drive in elderly drivers is most commonly discussed with a focus on cognitive impairment. Therefore, this article is focussing on mental illness and the use of psychotropic drugs in elderly drivers, which can both interfere with fitness to drive. Based on a detailed literature review and on clinical judgement, we propose signposts and "red flags" to judge the individual risks. Health professionals dealing with elderly patients should in particular be aware of the dangers related to cumulative risks and need to inform the patients appropriately. For medico-legal reasons the information provided to patients must be written down in the medical record. Individual counselling is important as fitness to drive is a complex topic.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Review Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > University Psychiatric Services > University Hospital of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Psychiatric Services > University Hospital of Geriatric Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

UniBE Contributor:

Mosimann, Urs Peter

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

0025-6749

Publisher:

Médecine & Hygiène

Language:

French

Submitter:

Pascal Wurtz

Date Deposited:

07 Nov 2014 17:05

Last Modified:

11 Nov 2015 09:56

PubMed ID:

24834622

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.54292

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/54292

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