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J Gen Intern Med. 2000 Sep;15(9):667-72.

Reporting by physicians of impaired drivers and potentially impaired drivers. The Committee on Bioethical Issues of the Medical Society of the State of New York.

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Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY, State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine, Stony Brook, NY, USA. jberger@ms.cc.sunysb.edu

Abstract

Physicians routinely care for patients whose ability to operate a motor vehicle is compromised by a physical or cognitive condition. Physician management of this health information has ethical and legal implications. These concerns have been insufficiently addressed by professional organizations and public agencies. The legal status in the United States and Canada of reporting of impaired drivers is reviewed. The American Medical Association's position is detailed. Finally, the Bioethics Committee of the Medical Society of the State of New York proposes elements for an ethically defensible public response to this problem.

PMID:
11029682
PMCID:
PMC1495589
DOI:
10.1046/j.1525-1497.2000.04309.x
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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