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The importance of cognitive function in driving following stroke

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Nicola R. Morris

Orthoptic Department, Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre, City Hospital, Dudley Road, Birmingham B18 7QU, GB
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MSc BMedSci (Hons)

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Abstract

Aim: To review the published standards for driving and consider the Importance of an assessment of cognitive function in determining suitability to resume driving after a stroke.

Method: A literature-based essay, using articles relating to driving after stroke and cognitive function and driving.

Results: The DVLA has guidelines on driving follow­ing a stroke and the visual standards required to drive. There are no standards for the level of cognitive function required to resume driving. Cognition is difficult to evaluate in relation to driving and there is no one lest that can clearly predict whether a patient is safe to drive. Currently, where a decision cannot be made on the basis of medical reports the gold standard for fitness to drive is an on­road assessment.

Conclusion: Cognitive function makes a significant contribution to the ability to drive and evaluation of visual function alone is not sufficient when determin­ing whether a patient is fit to drive.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22599/bioj.208
How to Cite: Morris, N.R., 2007. The importance of cognitive function in driving following stroke. British and Irish Orthoptic Journal, 4, pp.27–30. DOI: http://doi.org/10.22599/bioj.208
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Published on 01 Jan 2007.
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