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Top Stroke Rehabil. 2007 Jan-Feb;14(1):98-114.

Predictors of driving ability following stroke: a systematic review.

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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, The Rehabilitation Centre, Elisabeth Bruyère Research Institute, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada.

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE:

The objective of this review is to identify the most consistent predictors of driving ability post stroke.

METHOD:

A computerized search of numerous databases from 1966 forward was completed. Measured outcomes included voluntary driving cessation or results of on-road driving evaluation. Studies were evaluated using the Newcastle-Ottawa Quality Assessment Scale.

RESULTS:

17 eligible studies were identified. The most useful screening tests were tests assessing cognitive abilities. These included the Trail Making A and B tests, the Rey-Osterreith Complex Figure Design, and the Useful Field of View Test.

CONCLUSION:

Cognitive tests that assess multiple cognitive domains relevant to driving appear to have the best reproducibility in predicting fitness to drive in stroke patients.

PMID:
17311796
DOI:
10.1310/tsr1401-98
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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