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.

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Published Journal Articles

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Driving Miss Daisy

Fallon A, O'Neill D. Driving Miss Daisy. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2021 Mar 22. doi: 10.1111/jgs.17111. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33749846.

Driving and psychiatric illness in later life.

O'Neill, D., & Rapoport, M. J. (Eds.). (2021). In T. Denning, A. Thomas & J.P. Taylor (Eds.), Oxford Textbook of Old Age Psychiatry,Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/med/9780199644957.001.0001

Widening our horizons for promotoing mobility and safety for drivers with dementia. 

O'Neill, D. (2020).   International Psychogeriatrics, 32(12), 1389-1391. doi:10.1017/S1041610220001374

Inclusion of medical fitness to drive in medical postgraduate training curricula

Al Azawi, L., O'Byrne, A., Roche, L., O'Neill, D., & Ryan, M. (2020).  J R Coll Physicians Edinb(50), 309 - 315. doidoi: 10.4997/JRCPE.2020.322   

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. 

Psychotropic drugs, mental health and driving 

Roche, L., Ryan, M. & O’Neill, D.  (2020). Irish Medical Journal. 113(6): 110. Available from: 

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:

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.

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:

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: 10.1016/j.jagp.2017.05.007

The older motorcyclist

Fitzpatrick, D., & O’Neill, D. (2017). European Geriatric Medicine, 8(1), 10-15.

Older motorcyclists in Ireland

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

Fitness to drive Mandatory reporting of fitness to drive doesn't work

O'Neill, D. (2017). [Letter]. Bmj-British Medical Journal, 357, 1, Article j2085.

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

Adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and driving - risk, medication and fitness to drive

Suen K, F. K., & O'Neill, D. (2017). Ir Med J, 110(5), 571. <Go to ISI>://MEDLINE:28737313

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.

Towards an understanding of the full spectrum of travel-related injuries among older people

O'Neill, D. (2016). Journal of Transport & Health, 3(1), 21-25.

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.

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.

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.

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 and older people: a major theme for gerontologists and geriatricians

O'Neill, D. (2014). Zeitschrift Fur Gerontologie Und Geriatrie, 47, 6-6. <Go to ISI>://WOS:000359603600005

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 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:

Transportation and driving in longitudinal studies on ageing

Bartley, M., & O’Neill, D. (2010). Age and Ageing, 39(5), 631-636. doi:

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.

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

O’Neill, D. (2010). European Geriatric Medicine, 1(1), 22-25.

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.

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.

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.

Older drivers, driving practices and health issues

O'Neill, D., Bruce, I., Kirby, M., & Lawlor, B. (2000). Clinical Gerontologist, 22(1), 47-54.

Health and relicensing policies for older drivers in the European Union

White, S., & O’Neill, D. (2000). Gerontology, 46(3), 146-152.

Reports, Discussions and Educational Resources

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Driver Information Leaflets

Sláinte agus Tiomáint Medical Fitness to Drive Guidelines

Reports and Discussion Documents

Media Publications

Traffic Medicine Ezines

Irish On-Road Driving Assessment (ORDA) Information

Tips for Completing Medical Reports

Educational Resources

Contact Us

Dr Margaret Ryan

Programme Manager, National Office for Traffic Medicine

Address: RCPI, Frederick House, 19 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2

Tel: +353 1 863 9788

Donna Noonan

Programme Coordinator, National Office for Traffic Medicine

Address: RCPI, Frederick House, 19 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2

Tel: +353 1 863 9630