Older people's attitudes towards resuming driving in the first four months post-stroke

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    Aim: Little is known about how older people recovering from stroke perceive their return to driving, particularly in the early stages of recovery when they may receive driving information. Methods: Semistructured interviews were conducted with 21 participants (52% female, mean age 74.5 years) within the first 16 weeks post-stroke, while inpatients in either acute or rehabilitation stroke wards. Interview data were analysed using content analysis. Results: Three main themes emerged: 'driving as independence', 'emphasis on physical recovery', and 'limits on driving pre-stroke'. Conclusions: For the most part, driving was not a key consideration for participants during this phase of their recovery. Physical restrictions and confidence were seen as the main deterrent to driving post-stroke; however, this varied according to gender. Driving information is generally not retained in the first four weeks of recovery post-stroke. This has implications for the content and timing of driving information given post-stroke.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)E13-E18
    JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
    Issue number1
    Early online date2015
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2015


    • Attitudes and practice
    • Driving
    • Health knowledge
    • Older people
    • Stroke


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