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CONTINUUM: Lifelong Learning in Neurology:
doi: 10.1212/01.CON.0000453303.20110.60
Ethical Perspectives

Incidental Visual Field Loss: Ethical Considerations In Assessing and Reporting Ability to Drive

Szewka, Aimee J. MD; Newman, Nancy MD, FAAN

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Abstract

Driving safety is an issue frequently encountered in the neurology clinic, particularly as it pertains to cognitive decline, vision loss, and motor limitations. This case illustrates the ethical dilemmas associated with determining driving safety, particularly those associated with an incidentally found congenital visual field abnormality. The authors discuss the issues involved with overruling patient autonomy for the principle of beneficence and the ethics of reporting patients with unsafe vision to authorities.

Copyright © 2014 by the American Academy of Neurology.

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