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What we know about ADHD and driving risk: a literature review, meta-analysis and critique.

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Department of Psychiatry, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario. ljerome@rogers.com

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

This article examines the literature on ADHD and unintentional driving injury. This literature has emerged over the last decade as part of the burgeoning epidemic of road traffic death and injury which is the number one cause of death in young adults in North America.

METHODS:

The available literature on observational outcome studies and experimental pharmacological interventions is critically reviewed. A meta-analysis of behavioral outcomes and a review of effect size of pharmacological studies are presented.

RESULTS:

Current data support the utility of stimulant medication in improving driving performance in younger ADHD drivers. A conceptual model of risk factors in young ADHD drivers is offered.

CONCLUSION:

The current state of screening instruments for identifying high risk subjects within this clinical group is summarized along with a final section on emerging trends and future prospects for intervention.

KEYWORDS:

ADHD; meta-analysis; motor vehicle collisions; non-accidental injury

PMID:
18392181
PMCID:
PMC2277254

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