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SAT-015: Disclosure of Health Care Information About a Patient’s Ability to Operate a Motor Vehicle

 
Disclosure of Health Care Information About a Patient’s Ability to Operate a Motor Vehicle: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes that no physician shall be liable for any civil damages for reporting in good faith to the Department of Transportation (DOT) a patient’s name, date of birth, diagnosis and other information relevant to a physical or mental condition of the patient that in the physician’s judgment impairs the patient’s ability to exercise reasonable and ordinary control over a motor vehicle. The Society suggests that all physicians take a number of initial steps before reporting their patient to the DOT:

  • Hold tactful but candid discussions with patients and families about the risks of driving.
  • Encourage the patients and their families to decide on a restricted driving license or schedule, which should follow the current suggestions for restricted driving as recommended by the Wisconsin DOT.
  • Record all discussions with patients and their families in the medical record and recommend the physician’s medical opinion on the ability of the patient to safely operate a motor vehicle.
  • Depending on the patient’s medical condition, suggest to the patient that they seek further treatment, such as substance abuse treatment or occupational therapy. (HOD, 0416)