A Swedish survey of occupational therapists' involvement and performance in driving assessments
2007 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, ISSN 1103-8128, Vol. 14, no 4, 215-220 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The purpose of this study was to examine the extent to which occupational therapists (OTs) are involved in driving assessments in Sweden and how these assessments are performed. A questionnaire was sent to 154 geriatric, rehabilitation, and neurological clinics, and additionally directly to 19 OTs who had purchased a test battery specifically used for driving assessments. The response rate was 60%. Of those responding, 57% reported being involved in fitness-to-drive assessments. However, such assessments were carried out in various manners and diverse methods were used, ranging from unstandardized activity assessments to a test developed specifically for driving assessments. Only 19% used on-road driving tests as a complement to the clinical assessments. Apart from the lack of appropriate methods, the respondents said that they did not have sufficient knowledge to perform driving assessments and expressed a need for further education. In the future it seems necessary for OTs in Sweden to undergo specialized training and perform the assessments on a regular basis to maintain a high level of competence as driving assessors.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 14, no 4, 215-220 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-40680DOI: 10.1080/11038120601110983Local ID: 53873OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-40680DiVA: diva2:261529