Research and Publications

Advancing the Science of Traffic Medicine

We are involved in a number of research initiatives in the area of Traffic Medicine and regularly publish reports and resources relating to this rapidly evolving specialty.

Trainees looking at notes.

Published Journal Articles

View journal articles published by our office to date.

COVID-19, vision, and fitness to drive 

O’Neill, D., Chen, S., Kearns, F., Roche, L. & Ryan, M. (2020). QJM: An International Journal of Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1093/qjmed/hcaa198 

Psychotropic drugs, mental health and driving 

Roche, L., Ryan, M. & O’Neill, D.  (2020). Irish Medical Journal. 113(6): 110. Available from: http://imj.ie/l-roche-et-al-in-response-to-articles-on-psychotropic-drugs-mental-health-and-driving/ 

Perceptions and attitudes toward risk and personal responsibility in the context of medical fitness to drive

Ryan, M., Walshe, J., Booth, R., & O’Neill, D. (2020). Traffic Injury Prevention. doi:10.1080/15389588.2020.1766684.

Driving as a Travel Option for Older Adults: Findings from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Aging

Gormley, M., & O’Neill, D. (2019). Frontiers in Psychology, 10(1329). doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01329

Transportation equity, health, and aging: A novel approach to healthy longevity with benefits across the life span

O’Neill, D., Walshe, E., Romer, D., & Winston, F. (2019) NAM Perspectives. doi:https://doi.org/10.31478/201912a

A systematic review of the risk of motor vehicle collision after stroke or transient ischemic attack

Rapoport, M. J., Plonka, S. C., Finestone, H., Bayley, M., Chee, J. N., Vrkljan, B., . . . O’Neill, D. (2019). Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 26(3), 226-235. https://doi.org/10.1080/10749357.2018.1558634

An international approach to enhancing a national guideline on driving and dementia

Rapoport, M., Chee, J., Carr, D., Molnar, F., Naglie, G., Dow, J., . . . O'Neill, D. (2018). Current Psychiatry Reports, 20(16). doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/s11920-018-0879-x

Update on the risk of motor vehicle collision or driving impairment with dementia: A collaborative international systematic review and meta-analysis

Chee, J., Rapoport, M., Molnar, F., Herrmann, N., O'Neill, D., Marlotti, R., . . . DB, C. (2017). American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. doi:http://dx.doi.org/doi: 10.1016/j.jagp.2017.05.007

The older motorcyclist

Fitzpatrick, D., & O’Neill, D. (2017). European Geriatric Medicine, 8(1), 10-15. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eurger.2016.10.004

Older motorcyclists in Ireland

Fitzpatrick, D., & O'Neill, D. (2017). Ir Med J, 110(6), 585.

Awareness of medical fitness to drive guidelines among occupational physicians and psychiatrists

Ryan, M., Mc Fadden, R., Gilvarry, E., Loane, R., Whelan, D., & O'Neill, D. (2017). Ir Med J, 110(10), p 653

A systematic review of evidence for fitness-to-drive among people with the mental health conditions of schizophrenia, stress/anxiety disorder, depression, personality disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder

Unsworth, C. A., Baker, A., Man, H. S., Harries, P., & O'Neill, D. (2017). BMC Psychiatry, In Press.

Mobility and safety issues in drivers with dementia

Carr, D. B., & O'Neill, D. (2015). Int Psychogeriatr, 27(10), 1613-1622. doi:10.1017/s104161021500085x

Impact of new guidelines and educational program on awareness of medical fitness to drive among general practitioners in Ireland

Kahvedžić, A., McFadden, R., Cummins, G., Carr, D., & O'Neill, D. (2015). Traffic Inj Prev, 16(6), 593 - 598. doi:10.1080/15389588.2014.979408

General practitioner attitudes and practices in medical fitness to drive in Ireland

Kahvedžić, A., McFadden, R., Cummins, G., Carr, D., & O’Neill, D. (2015). Journal of Transport & Health, 2(2), 284-288. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jth.2015.02.005

Is driver licensing restriction for age-related medical conditions an effective mechanism to improve driver safety without unduly impairing mobility?

O'Byrne, C., Naughton, A., & O’Neill, D. (2015). European Geriatric Medicine, 6(6), 541-544. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eurger.2015.08.008

Transport, driving and ageing

O'Neill, D. (2015). Reviews in Clinical Gerontology, 25(2), 147-158. doi:10.1017/S095925981500009X

An international study of the quality of national-level guidelines on driving with medical illness

Rapoport, M. J., Weegar, K., Kadulina, Y., Bédard, M., Carr, D., Charlton, J. L., . . . O'Neill, D., . . . & Marshall, S. (2015). QJM, 108(11), 859-869. https://doi.org/10.1093/qjmed/hcv038

Factors influencing the clinical stratification of suitability to drive after stroke: A qualitative study

Stapleton, T., Connolly, D., & O'Neill, D. (2015). Occup Ther Health Care, 29(3), 253-271. doi:10.3109/07380577.2015.1036192

Driving assessment for maintaining mobility and safety in drivers with dementia

Martin, A. J., Marottoli, R., & O'Neill, D. (2013). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (8). Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD006222.pub4/abstract doi:10.1002/14651858.CD006222.pub4

Driving and psychiatric illness in later life

O'Neill, D. (2013). In T. Denning & A. Thomas (Eds.), Oxford textbook of old age psychiatry (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press.

More mad and more wise

O'Neill, D. (2012). Accid Anal Prev, 49, 263-265. doi:10.1016/j.aap.2012.01.010

Transportation, Driving and Older Adults

O'Neill, D., & Carr, D. (2012). In A.J. Sinclair, J.E. Morley, & B. Vellas (Eds.), Pathy's Principles and Practice of Geriatric Medicine (pp. 1503-1512). 

Exploring the relationship between self-awareness of driving efficacy and that of a proxy when determining fitness to drive after stroke

Stapleton, T., Connolly, D., & O'Neill, D. (2012). Aust Occup Ther J, 59(1), 63-70. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1630.2011.00980.x

Factors affecting return to driving post-stroke

Tan, K. M., O’Driscoll, A., & O’Neill, D. (2011). Irish Journal of Medical Science, 180(1), 41-45. doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/s11845-010-0528-9

Transportation and driving in longitudinal studies on ageing

Bartley, M., & O’Neill, D. (2010). Age and Ageing, 39(5), 631-636. doi:https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afq089

Pedestrian Fatalities and Injuries Involving Irish Older People

Martin, A. J., Hand, E. B., Trace, F., & O’Neill, D. (2010). Gerontology, 56(3), 266-271. https://doi.org/10.1159/000258052

Deciding on driving cessation and transport planning in older drivers with dementia

O’Neill, D. (2010). European Geriatric Medicine, 1(1), 22-25. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eurger.2010.01.001

TRB Workshop 2007: Licensing Authorities' Options for Managing Older Driver Safety—Practical Advice from the Researchers

Langford, J., Braitman, K., Charlton, J., Eberhard, J., O'Neill, D., Staplin, L., & Stutts, J. (2008). Traffic Injury Prevention, 9(4), 278-281. https://doi.org/10.1080/15389580801895210

Driving after stroke

O'Dwyer, C., & O'Neill, D. (2007). CME Journal Geriatric Medicine, 9(3), 111-112.

The world's first automobile fatality

Fallon, I., & O’Neill, D. (2005). Accident Analysis & Prevention, 37(4), 601-603. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aap.2005.02.002

The effects of age on accident severity and outcome in Irish road traffic accident patients

Cunningham, C., Howard, D., Walsh, J., Coakley, D., & O'Neill, D. (2001). Ir Med J, 94(6), 169-171.

Safe mobility for older people

O’Neill, D. (2000). Reviews in Clinical Gerontology, 10(2), 181-191. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0959259800000290

Older drivers, driving practices and health issues

O'Neill, D., Bruce, I., Kirby, M., & Lawlor, B. (2000). Clinical Gerontologist, 22(1), 47-54. https://doi.org/10.1300/J018v22n01_05

Health and relicensing policies for older drivers in the European Union

White, S., & O’Neill, D. (2000). Gerontology, 46(3), 146-152. https://doi.org/10.1159/000022150

Reports, Discussions and Educational Resources

View reports, blog posts and educational resources published by our office to date.

Driver Information Leaflets

Sláinte agus Tiomáint Medical Fitness to Drive Guidelines

Reports and Discussion Documents

Media Publications

Traffic Medicine Ezines

On Road Driving Assessment (ORDA) Information Ezine. 2016

Tips for Completing Medical Reports

Contact Us

Dr Margaret Ryan

Programme Manager, National Office for Traffic Medicine

Address: RCPI, Setanta House, Setanta Place, Dublin 2

Tel: +353 1 863 9788

Lily Roche

Programme Coordinator, National Office for Traffic Medicine

Address: RCPI, Setanta House, Setanta Place, Dublin 2

Tel: 01 8639630