Mental illness and road traffic accidents

Armstrong J.L. and Whitlock F.A. (1980) Mental illness and road traffic accidents. Australasian Psychiatry, 14 1: 53-60. doi:10.3109/00048678009159354

Author Armstrong J.L.
Whitlock F.A.
Title Mental illness and road traffic accidents
Journal name Australasian Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1039-8562
Publication date 1980
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/00048678009159354
Volume 14
Issue 1
Start page 53
End page 60
Total pages 8
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Subject 2738 Psychiatry and Mental health
Abstract One hundred psychiatric patients were carefully matched with 100 physically ill patients and their driving records compared. The psychiatric patients were consuming far greater quantities of psychotropic drugs and included a larger number of alcoholics and heavy drinkers. During the six months before admission there were no significant differences between the two groups of patients with respect to accident and traffic code infringements. Apart from individual patients, drugs did not appear to be influencing the outcome in statistical terms. Alcoholics and heavy drinkers showed an increased lifetime accident liability. No specific psychiatric diagnosis was otherwise associated with increased accident rates. The majority of accidents reported were relatively trivial.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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