28 March 2002
The results of a study into the influence of multiple sclerosis (MS) on the ability to drive safely were published this month in Acta Neurologica Scandinavica.
The 10-year study on 197 patients with MS and 545 controls individually matched on age, gender, place of residence, and exposure period used treatment at the emergency department after accident as a car driver as the outcome measure.
The study found that five patients and four controls had been treated, the rate per 1000 person-years with exposure being 3.4 times higher in the patients than in the control cohort.
The author concludes that drivers with MS were treated more often than healthy controls at a casualty department after having a road traffic accident.
However, the author writes that drastic consequences regarding the patients automobile driving should be avoided until these results have been substantiated by further investigations.
Acta Neurologica Scandinavica 2002;105(3):169