Ethical Issues Related to Elderly Medical Examinations for Driving Licensing

Taraneh Yousefinezhadi, Efat Mohamadi

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With the increasing aging populations in the community, managing and protecting them has become a matter of great significance. Aging causes a lot of changes in the body. This issue has a great importance in driving which requires high precision. The most important issues that make driving difficult and dangerous during old age are reduced physical activity and problems with vision and cognitive function of individuals. In addition to reducing visual and auditory power, cognitive processing also decreases. Changes that occur due to aging, such as retardation of reactions, weakness in focus and direction and visual and hearing loss reduce driving skills (1). In dealing with this decline in physical and cognitive functioning, consideration of ethical considerations is a very important topic, as studies have shown that stopping driving in the elderly with a wide range of negative psychological and social consequences, including loss of autonomy and it raises health problems such as heart disease, stroke, and depression (2). Therefore the quality of medical examinations has a great importance.....


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Ethical Issues; Medical Examinations; Driving Licensing; Elderly

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