Answer: Although the national guidelines are limited in their scope and there is limited evidence to support many of the techniques currently employed to evaluated driving safety in dementia, Nova Scotian family physicians are called upon to offer their expert opinions regarding driving safety of individuals with dementia. How can we provide a consistent approach to this issue that is based on national guidelines?
The following is a suggested stepwise approach to providing an opinion regarding driving safety in dementia.
1. Talk to caregiver about the warning signs
2. Complete the Driving and Dementia Decision Support Tool
3. In-office tips and questions to ask: CMA Driving and Dementia Toolkit