Driving Rehabilitation Specialists’ Perspectives on Older Driver Evaluations

In this article, the authors use qualitative methods to examine the perspectives of driving rehabilitation specialists (DRS) on older driver evaluations. Following interviews with 26 DRSs who evaluate older drivers across the U.S., they identify themes related to current systems and barriers to use. The interviews reveal a strong commitment on the part of DRSs to helping older adults but also significant barriers to the development of an ideal system for older driver evaluations. Among the emergent themes identified and discussed are: individual occupational therapists' commitment to mobility and safety, perceived responsibilities and experience; the relationship between the DRS and drivers, medical providers, and the licensing bureau; the DRS support community; and societal factors. The authors suggest that a better understanding of the issues faced by DRS's can lead to improvement of current systems and, therefore, support older adults' health and mobility.


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  • Accession Number: 01602612
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 4 2016 11:17AM