Assessment and rehabilitation of driver skills: subjective experiences of people with multiple sclerosis and health professionals

Cherie Archer, Libby Morris, Stacey George

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    Abstract

    Purpose: It is acknowledged in the literature that the physical and cognitive effects of the degenerative neurological condition of multiple sclerosis can impact upon driver safety. The aim of this study was to identify the experiences and needs of people with multiple sclerosis in relation to driver assessment and rehabilitation. Methods: Focus group discussions were conducted with people with multiple sclerosis (MS) who were: currently driving; no longer licensed or no longer driving and health professionals. Results: The four themes that emerged from the data were: (1) from self-management to formal assessment - a journey of uncertainty and emotional dilemmas; (2) lost independence with grieving and adjustment by self and family; (3) alternative transport is challenging and unsatisfactory; (4) gaps in information and services exist. Conclusions: The results of this study highlight the need for ongoing support in relation to driving for people with MS, ranging from support for self-management, driving assessment and retraining, and preparation for loss of license. Standardised information needs to be developed and health professionals and licensing authorities require knowledge and skills to ensure driver assessment and rehabilitation processes and resources can better meet the needs of people with MS.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1875-1882
    Number of pages8
    JournalDisability and Rehabilitation
    Volume36
    Issue number22
    DOIs
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2014

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