Primary care physicians play a critical role in assessing a patient’s driving ability, Larisa J.N. Hill, MD, MPH, of the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, tells Healio Primary Care.
“PCPs are trusted, viewed as authority figures,” she says. “If we don’t discuss driving with our older patients, the patients may wrongly think that is still OK for them to drive.”
But how to tell which older patients should stop driving is not very clear, Alice Pomidor, MD, MPH, AGSF, a professor in the geriatrics department at the Florida State University College of Medicine, shares.
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