Differences between Poststroke Drivers and Nondrivers

This article describes a study undertaken to determine the demographic, medical, and transportation use characteristics of stroke survivors wanting to drive who resumed or did not resume driving. The study also compared the driving habits of those who drove with those of a nonstroke control group. The study include 106 stroke survivors who underwent a driving evaluation at a rehabilitation center in Ottawa, Canada, between 1995 and 2003, participated in a structured telephone interview 4-5 yrs after their original evaluation. Information on driving history and transportation use before the driving assessment was obtained from the driving assessment client database. Sixty-six percent of the subjects had resumed driving after their stroke. Prestroke driving history was similar for drivers and nondrivers. Drivers were younger than nondrivers, had less medical comorbidity, and were less likely to rely on a walker after their stroke. Self-imposed restrictions were reported by 35.7% of drivers. More nondrivers than drivers relied on family/friends (94.4% vs. 41.4%), public transportation (60.7% vs. 35.3%), or taxis (27.8% vs. 2.9%). Drivers reported fewer driving difficulties (for example, skill, weather, or traffic related) than the nonstroke group. Five of 12 licensed patients with stroke who drove to their first assessment failed it. The authors conclude that these results may aid clinicians and communities to understand the driving and transportation-related consequences of stroke.

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    • Finestone, Hillel M
    • Marshall, Shawn C
    • Rozenberg, Dmitry
    • Moussa, Raffy C
    • Hunt, Lynn
    • Greene-Finestone, Linda S
  • Publication Date: 2009-11


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  • Accession Number: 01150397
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 30 2010 11:15AM