Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 15, Issue 9, pp 667–672

Reporting by physicians of impaired drivers and potentially impaired drivers

  • Jeffrey T. Berger
  • Fred Rosner
  • Pieter Kark
  • Allen J. Bennett
  • the Committee on Bioethical Issues of the Medical Society of the State of New York


Physicians routinely care for patients whose ability to operate a motor vehicle is compromised by a physical or cognitive condition. Physician management of this health information has ethical and legal implications. These concerns have been insufficiently addressed by professional organizations and public agencies. The legal status in the United States and Canada of reporting of impaired drivers is reviewed. The American Medical Association’s position is detailed. Finally, the Bioethics Committee of the Medical Society of the State of New York proposes elements for an ethically defensible public response to this problem.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey T. Berger
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Fred Rosner
    • 4
    • 5
  • Pieter Kark
    • 6
  • Allen J. Bennett
    • 7
    • 8
  • the Committee on Bioethical Issues of the Medical Society of the State of New York
  1. 1.the Winthrop University HospitalMineola
  2. 2.State University of New York at Stony Brook School of MedicineStony Brook
  3. 3.the Bioethics CommitteeMedical Society of the State of New YorkUSA
  4. 4.Department of MedicineMount Sinai Services at Queens Hospital CenterJamaica
  5. 5.Mount Sinai School of MedicineNew York
  6. 6.State University of New YorkHealth Sciences CenterSyracuse
  7. 7.Beth Israel Medical Center and Mount Sinai School of MedicineNew York
  8. 8.the Bioethics CommitteeMedical Society of the State of New YorkUSA

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