Evaluation of on-road driving in people with hemianopia and quadrantanopia

Elgin, Jennifer, McGwin, Gerald Jr., Wood, Joanne M., Vaphiades, Michael S., Braswell, Ronald A., DeCarlo, Dawn K., Kline, Lanning B., & Owsley, Cynthia (2010) Evaluation of on-road driving in people with hemianopia and quadrantanopia. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 64(2), pp. 268-278.

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OBJECTIVE: To examine whether some drivers with hemianopia or quadrantanopia display safe driving skills on the road compared with drivers with normal visual fields. ----------

METHOD: An occupational therapist evaluated 22 people with hemianopia, 8 with quadrantanopia, and 30 with normal vision for driving skills during naturalistic driving using six rating scales. ----------

RESULTS: Of drivers with normal vision, >90% drove flawlessly or had minor errors. Although drivers with hemianopia were more likely to receive poorer ratings for all skills, 59.1%–81.8% performed with no or minor errors. A skill commonly problematic for them was lane keeping (40.9%). Of 8 drivers with quadrantanopia, 7 (87.5%) exhibited no or minor errors. ----------

CONCLUSION: This study of people with hemianopia or quadrantanopia with no lateral spatial neglect highlights the need to provide individual opportunities for on-road driving evaluation under natural traffic conditions if a person is motivated to return to driving after brain injury.

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ID Code: 39434
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: automibile driver examination, automobile driving, brain injuries, hemianopsia, licensure, visual fields
DOI: 10.5014/ajot.64.2.268
ISSN: 0272-9490
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OTHER MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (119900)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
Deposited On: 10 Jan 2011 00:03
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2017 16:54

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