Banner-Physician's Guide to Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers


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The information in this guide is provided to assist physicians in evaluating the ability of their older patients to operate a motor vehicle safely as part of their everyday, personal activities. Evaluating the ability of patients to operate commercial vehicles or to function as a professional driver involves more stringent criteria and is beyond the scope of this book.

This guide is not intended as a standard of medical care, nor should it be used as a substitute for physicians’ clinical judgment. Rather, this guide reflects the scientific literature and views of experts as of May 2003, and is provided for informational and educational purposes only. None of this guide’s materials should be construed as legal advice nor used to resolve legal problems. If legal advice is required, physicians are urged to consult an attorney who is licensed to practice in their state.

Material from this guide may be reproduced. However, the authors of this guide strongly discourage changes to the content, as it has undergone rigorus, comprehensive review by medical specialists and other experts in the field of older driver safety.

The American Medical Association (AMA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3 category 1 credits toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the activity.

Additional copies of the guide can be downloaded or ordered online at the AMA’s Older Drivers Project Web site:

For further information about the guide, please contact:

Catherine J. Kosinski, MSW
Older Drivers Project
American Medical Association
515 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60610
312 464-4179 phone
312 464-5842 fax

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