As a healthcare professional—whether you are a family doctor, geriatrician, geriatric psychiatrist, neurologist, nurse practitioner, nurse, social worker or occupational therapist—you play an important role regarding driving and dementia. The assessment of fitness to drive in dementia is critically important to both patient and public safety. Similarly, depending on your location in Canada and your discipline, adhering to your legal obligation to report unsafe driving helps protect patients and the public. Likewise, your efforts facilitating the driving cessation process can make a huge impact on the quality of life of your patients and their family/friend carers. Not only can your efforts help ease the transition to non-driving, but they can also help improve health outcomes and quality of life post driving cessation.
Depending on your healthcare discipline, whether you are working in a team, as well as whether you are in a rural or urban environment, your role may include many of the following responsibilities:
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