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A Driving Evaluation Program for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury

1 January 2010

Abstract

Research has shown that traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a common condition that affects numerous individuals within the United States. Driving is a coveted occupation that gives identity and independence to many. Determining an individual's capacity to drive is crucial to the rehabilitative process for an individual after a traumatic brain injury. Unfortunately, there is not a standard method for determining fitness to drive and it is left to the evaluator’s discretion. Therapists may use assessments that have been commonly used but do not yield the appropriate information for accurate assessment. This project reviewed the standardized assessments and recommendations geared to evaluate driving capabilities for this particular population with the goal of developing a comprehensive, evidence-based driving evaluation program for individuals with traumatic brain injuries. By having a program that allows for a trained professional (DRS) to determine a person's fitness to drive, the burden is taken off loved ones and physicians.


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