Driving assessment tools used by driver rehabilitation specialists : survey of use and implications for practice.
20200303 ST [electronic version only]
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Vol. 67 (2013), No. 5 (September/October), p. 564-573, ref.
|Samenvatting||This article describes the use of assessment tools by North American driver rehabilitation specialists (DRSs). Participants were 227 self-identified DRSs from the combined databases of two national associations. Information was solicited through a self-administered survey about the driving evaluation process, assessment tools, and process for making fitness-to-drive recommendations. More than 80% of the DRSs reported testing visual acuity, range of motion, muscle strength, and fine motor coordination. The most consistently used cognitive–perceptual tests were the Trail Making Tests, Motor-Free Visual Perception Test–Revised, and short cognitive screening tests. A client’s behind-the-wheel performance was the main factor in making a fitness-to-drive recommendation. Few specialists are using computer-based tests or interactive driving simulators. The study concludes that although use of the Useful Field of View® has increased, there continues to be no consistency in cognitive assessments or guidelines for behind-the-wheel assessment. Implications for practice are discussed. (Author/publisher)|
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