The Screening Effectiveness of the Commercial Driver's Medical Examination

The project is to write and publish in an appropriate medical science journal the first-ever formal benchmarking study for the screening effectiveness of the Commercial Drivers Medical Examination (CDME) with regard to specific safety-relevant medical conditions—obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and between one and three other conditions, such as hypertension. This can only be accomplished with access to CDME records for truck drivers that also can be matched with individually-identified protected health information and provides separate medical diagnoses of the same drivers—a combination that is not widely available. The initial analysis is being done with data from 2005–2009, which predates the 2014 changes by the Registry of Certified Medical Examiners—a revision of the CDME process mandated by Congress due to concerns about its effectiveness. The goal is to provide a historical benchmark, against which a similar study of post-Registry data can be compared, to see how effectiveness may have changed. The project also finalizes the conditions for, and begins the acquisition of, later-generation data, in preparation for proposing a follow-up study of the post-Registry CDME process to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $100000
  • Contract Numbers:



  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Center Program
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Stearns, Amy

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Minnesota Morris

    Economics + Management
    600 East Fourth Street
    Morris, MN  United States  56267
  • Principal Investigators:

    Burks, Stephen

  • Start Date: 20180228
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190531
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01664330
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Roadway Safety Institute
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC35, CTS-2018051
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Mar 27 2018 12:13PM