Journal article

A decision tree to determine fitness to drive in epilepsy: Results of a pilot in two Australian states

Ernest R Somerville, Ernest Somerville, Andrew Black, Cecilie Lander, Dean Jones, Roy Beran, James Gordon, James Burrow, John Archer, John Dunne, Mark Cook, Samuel Berkovic, Simon Harvey

EPILEPSIA | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Certification by treating physicians of fitness to drive in people with epilepsy creates a conflict of interest that may result in unsafe decisions, damage the doctor-patient relationship, expose the physician to legal liability and prevent optimal treatment. Ideally, the treating physician should provide objective clinical information to the driver licensing authority (DLA), which then determines fitness or otherwise. However, DLAs in Australia do not employ medical staff and the national standards are complex. Fitness is determined by the treating physician, according to published national standards. The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility of using a decision ..

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