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Titolo:
Psychiatric disorders and fitness to drive
Autore:
Niveau, G; Kelley-Puskas, M;
Indirizzi:
Univ Geneva, Inst Forens Med, CH-1211 Geneva 4, Switzerland Univ Geneva Geneva Switzerland 4 rens Med, CH-1211 Geneva 4, Switzerland
Titolo Testata:
JOURNAL OF MEDICAL ETHICS
fascicolo: 1, volume: 27, anno: 2001,
pagine: 36 - 39
SICI:
0306-6800(200102)27:1<36:PDAFTD>2.0.ZU;2-9
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
ACCIDENTS;
Keywords:
driving performance; mental health information; traffic accidents; violation; psychiatric disorders and fitness to drive;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Clinical Medicine
Citazioni:
17
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: Niveau, G Univ Geneva, Fac Med, CH-1211 Geneva 4, Switzerland Univ GenevaGeneva Switzerland 4 CH-1211 Geneva 4, Switzerland
Citazione:
G. Niveau e M. Kelley-Puskas, "Psychiatric disorders and fitness to drive", J MED ETHIC, 27(1), 2001, pp. 36-39

Abstract

Objective-In Switzerland, as in some other European countries,medical doctors may breach patient confidentiality and report to police authorities anypatient who seems prone to automobile accidents or traffic violations. Theaim of this study was to see if those patients reported to authorities actually represent a higher risk than drivers not reported to the police. Design-This study was designed following a case-control study comparing the characteristics of a group of psychiatric patients who were reported to authorities for preventive purposes, with the characteristics of another group of people who had disorders that were noticed at the time of an accidentor traffic violation. Results- The results show that medical doctors tended to report male patients, patients with a low level of education, and patients with a severe psychiatric background. The subjects of the control group, who had often been involved in accidents or committed traffic violations in the past, did not possess these characteristics. Conclusions-The breach of medical confidentiality by doctors ill reportingto authorities patients who are allegedly at risk is ethically questionable as long as the evaluation of driving performance does not rely an objective bases.

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