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Implementation of a teaching programme to improve doctors’ awareness of DVLA guidelines: a multicentre study

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Title: Implementation of a teaching programme to improve doctors’ awareness of DVLA guidelines: a multicentre study
Authors: Maruthappu, M
Sykes, M
Green, BL
Watson, R
Gollop, N
Shalhoub, J
Ng, KYB
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Introduction Over half of the UK population holds a driver’s licence. Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) guidelines are available for conditions from most specialties. Despite this, no focused training occurs in the undergraduate or postgraduate setting. We evaluate the impact of a teaching programme to improve guideline awareness. Methods A 25-point questionnaire was designed using the current DVLA guidelines. Five questions were included for the following fields: neurology, cardiology, drug and alcohol abuse, visual disorders, and respiratory. This was distributed to doctors in training at five hospitals. Four weeks later a single session teaching programme was implemented. The questionnaire was redistributed. Pre- and post-intervention scores were compared using the Wilcoxon rank sum test. Results 139 pre-teaching and 144 post-teaching questionnaires were completed. Implementation of a single session teaching programme significantly improved knowledge of DVLA guidelines in all five areas explored. Median scores: neurology- pre-teaching 40%, post-teaching 100%, p<0.001; cardiology- 0%, 100%, p<0.001; drug and alcohol misuse- 0%, 100%, p<0.001; visual disorders- 40%, 100%, p<0.001; respiratory disorders- 20%, 100%, p<0.001; and overall- 28%, 92%, p<0.001. Conclusions Knowledge of DVLA guidelines amongst our cohort was poor. Implementation of a single session teaching programme can significantly improve guideline knowledge and awareness, serving as a cost-effective intervention.
Issue Date: 21-Jun-2016
Date of Acceptance: 24-May-2016
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/33101
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1136/postgradmedj-2015-133744
ISSN: 1469-0756
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
Start Page: 71
End Page: 75
Journal / Book Title: Postgraduate Medical Journal
Volume: 93
Copyright Statement: © 2016 The Authors. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://www.bmj.com/company/products-services/rights-and-licensing/
Keywords: Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Medicine, General & Internal
General & Internal Medicine
DRIVING RESTRICTIONS
MEDICAL CONDITIONS
OLDER DRIVERS
KNOWLEDGE
FITNESS
RISK
ACCIDENT
STROKE
ADVICE
EDUCATION & TRAINING (see Medical Education & Training)
MEDICAL EDUCATION & TRAINING
11 Medical And Health Sciences
Publication Status: Published
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