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Revised CMA Driver’s Guide now online

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The 8th edition of the CMA Driver’s Guide - Determining Medical Fitness to Operate Motor Vehicles is now available.

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The 8th edition of the Canadian Medical Association’s CMA's  Driver’s Guide - Determining Medical Fitness to Operate Motor Vehicles is now available. This important guide helps physicians determine patients' fitness to drive and focuses on Canada's changing demographics. The revised guide includes an expanded chapter on the impact of aging and a new section on dementia and mild cognitive impairment.

“Physicians will notice numerous changes in the new edition. One example is a separate and expanded section on traumatic brain injury, including concussions,” said Dr. Jamie Dow, the guide's editor-in-chief.

Other changes include a revised section on when and why to report patients who are unfit to drive to licensing authorities. It also includes contact information for physicians to report to the Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security Division when they have reasonable grounds to believe that a seafarer has a medical or optometric condition that is likely to constitute a hazard to maritime safety.

“The revised guide is the first published in digital-only format. This will allow for annual updates to keep up with Canada’s changing demographic, instead of reviews that take place several years apart,” said Dr. Dow. Links to various tools and resources have been added to the majority of the guide’s sections.

The guide is free for CMA members and is available to the public for a fee. To download the guide visit the CMA website.



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