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Mental disorder and driving

  • Andrew Lawrie (a1) and Steven Milne (a1)
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A one day census of patients on the acute wards at a psychiatric hospital revealed that approximately 40% of in-patients were holders of driving licences and that the majority of them would be affected by the current regulations regarding fitness for driving. Despite this, few patients could recall being given medical advice regarding their driving. In only one case was any advice documented in the case-notes. Psychiatrists' responsibility for ensuring that patients are given appropriate information regarding the effects of their illness or medication on their driving performance is discussed.

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BJPsych Bulletin
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Mental disorder and driving

  • Andrew Lawrie (a1) and Steven Milne (a1)
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