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[Only 1 out of 1 000 patients with alcohol dependence problems are reported according to the Driver's Licence Act. Physicians estimate to increase the number of reports some 70 times with a two-year ignition interlock program]

https://arctichealth.org/en/permalink/ahliterature9463
Source
Lakartidningen. 2004 May 13;101(20):1814-9
Publication Type
Article
Date
May-13-2004
Author
Bo Bjerre
Birgitta Heed
Sarah Kers
Author Affiliation
bo.bjerre@vv.se
Source
Lakartidningen. 2004 May 13;101(20):1814-9
Date
May-13-2004
Language
Swedish
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Accidents, Traffic - prevention & control
Alcohol Drinking - legislation & jurisprudence
Alcoholism - complications
Automobile Driving - legislation & jurisprudence
English Abstract
Humans
Physician's Role
Program Evaluation
Protective Devices
Questionnaires
Social Control, Formal
Sweden
Abstract
This poll, aimed at general practitioners and dependence specialists, shows that only one out of 1,000 patients diagnosed alcohol-dependent are reported to the county administrative board in accordance with the Swedish Driver's Licence Act. The anticipated negative effect on continued doctor-patient contact stands out as the predominant obstacle to filing a report. Among general practitioners an uncertainty about diagnosing alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse also was an important obstacle. Given the opportunity to participate in a two-year alcolock programme as an alternative to driver's licence revocation, doctors estimate that they would report some 70 times the number of patients. This estimation is obviously subject to considerable uncertainty, but does reflect an important attitude and an expectation that such a report constitutes a positive move from both an individual and a social perspective.
PubMed ID
15190769 View in PubMed
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