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Clin Rehabil. 2006 May;20(5):445-50.

Driving experiences of disabled drivers.

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Scottish Driving Assessment Service, Rehabilitation Medicine Directorate, Astley Ainslie Hospital, Grange Loan, Edinburgh, UK. rama.prasad@lpt.nhs.uk

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To study the influence of non-standard controls on return to driving after disability, including prevalence of accidents/retraining difficulties.

DESIGN:

Postal questionnaires sent within two years of assessment to 972 disabled drivers seen over a three-year period.

SETTING:

Scottish Driving Assessment Service.

SUBJECTS:

All patients considered capable of driving after assessment during the study period.

RESULTS:

Five hundred and eighty-nine people (61 %) replied who were representative of the total population (mean age 55 years, range 19-87); 73% were male and 70% were disabled for up to two years. Overall 79% respondents had returned to driving (highest reported success with standard manual car (86%) and lowest using left foot to accelerate and brake (66%) (chi2 = 16.6, P = 0.005)). A significantly higher proportion of the 30 patients (6.5%) admitting to accidents and 25 (5.4%) to problems with retraining were using non-standard driving techniques, especially the use of hand controls.

CONCLUSION:

Disabled drivers returning to drive using non-familiar controls had lower success and a higher proportion of accidents and/or problems with retraining than people using conventional controls. If confirmed in larger studies this may have implications for policy-makers as well as specialist practitioners.

PMID:
16774096
DOI:
10.1191/0269215506cr957oa
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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