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Audit of advice on driving following hospitalisation for an acute psychotic episode

  • Eilidh M. Orr (a1) and Timothy S. E. Elworthy (a2)
Abstract
Aims and Method

Psychiatrists are expected to follow guidelines in relation to patients' responsibilities regarding driving. In this study we reviewed advice on driving recorded for patients discharged from hospital following an acute psychotic episode. Guidelines on appropriate advice were then sent to all medical staff looking after in-patients.

Results

The first cycle of the audit included 48 patients. No advice was recorded. The second cycle included 70 patients. Advice was recorded for 8 patients. Six of these patients received a standard discharge letter with a prompt for ‘driving advice’.

Clinical Implications

In contrast to current guidelines, advice regarding driving is not routinely given to patients with an acute psychotic episode. A standard discharge letter with prompts on driving may improve adherence to guidelines.

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Audit of advice on driving following hospitalisation for an acute psychotic episode

  • Eilidh M. Orr (a1) and Timothy S. E. Elworthy (a2)
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