Characteristics of Brain Injury Patients Supported in Resumption of Driving

2014 The Japanese Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine  
Objective : We conducted a fact-finding survey for the consecutive past 3 years to establish whether inpatients with brain injury who had wished to resume driving after discharge from our hospital had in fact resumed driving after discharge. The survey included both driving status and information about collisions. Methods : Patients who had been evaluated for resumption of driving and were discharged more than 1 year ago were sent a fact-finding survey questionnaire aimed at establishing
more » ... they were currently driving. The patients who had resumed driving resumers were compared with those who had not resumed driving nonresumers . From the questionnaire results we investigated driving status and whether collisions had occurred. Results : We obtained effective responses from 40 of the 54 people 48 males, 6 females who were sent the questionnaire ; the collection rate was 74.1 . Of these, twenty-nine people had resumed driving, all were male. There were no significant differences between the resumers and non-resumers in higher brain function tests. In regard to driving ability, hemiparesis impairments were significantly milder in the resumers than in the non-resumers. Two respondents had hit posts or walls within the year. All these collisions occurred when parking. One respondent had a collision while driving along a road. Conclusion : We hope to provide patients with useful and appropriate information on resuming driving so that we can support them in a safe return to the driving environment. Jpn J Rehabil Med .
doi:10.2490/jjrmc.51.138 fatcat:duk6sjzxcne57owxe3lwukc4nu