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"When can I return to driving?": A review of the current literature on returning to driving after lower limb injury or arthroplasty.
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PMID:  23450009     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Clinicians are often asked by patients, "When can I drive again?" after lower limb injury or surgery. This question is difficult to answer in the absence of any guidelines. This review aims to collate the currently available evidence and discuss the factors that influence the decision to allow a patient to return to driving. Medline, Web of Science, Scopus, and EMBASE were searched using the following terms: 'brake reaction time', 'brake response time', 'braking force', 'brake pedal force', 'resume driving', 'rate of application of force', 'driving after injury', 'joint replacement and driving', and 'fracture and driving'. Of the relevant literature identified, most studies used the brake reaction time and total brake time as the outcome measures. Varying recovery periods were proposed based on the type and severity of injury or surgery. Surveys of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, the Police, insurance companies in the United Kingdom and Orthopaedic Surgeons offered a variety of opinions. There is currently insufficient evidence for any authoritative body to determine fitness to drive. The lack of guidance could result in patients being withheld from driving for longer than is necessary, or returning to driving while still unsafe. Cite this article: Bone Joint J 2013;95-B:290-4.
Authors:
K Macleod; A Lingham; H Chatha; J Lewis; A Parkes; S Grange; P J Smitham
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The bone & joint journal     Volume:  95-B     ISSN:  2049-4408     ISO Abbreviation:  Bone Joint J     Publication Date:  2013 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-03-01     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101599229     Medline TA:  Bone Joint J     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  290-4     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Affiliation:
The Institute of Orthopaedics, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Stanmore, Brockley Hill, Stanmore HA7 4LP, UK.
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