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Which is the Best Way to Assess and Follow-Up Fitness to Drive after Stroke?
Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of Social Sciences. Göteborgs universitet. (Campus Bräcke)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2194-6773
Göteborgs universitet.
Göteborgs universitet.
2015 (English)In: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - International, Vol. 2, no 6, 1054- p., 1054Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aim: To explore the feasibility to make on-road assessments routinely at 3 months follow-up for all patients with a 3 months verbal prohibition of driving after stroke, to support the physicians decision of fitness to drive.

Methods: From September 2007 to December 2009 there were 151 stroke patients from the stroke units at the hospital eligible for inclusion in the study. Fifty agreed to be assessed by the Nordic Stroke Driver Screening Assessment (NorSDSA) and on-road assessment. As base for discussion about the consequences on resource use relative to accuracy, calculations were made to explore and compare an expected yearly cost for two different assessment conditions, the NorSDSA followed by on-road assessment in uncertain cases and on-road assessment for all cases.

Findings: The yearly need for driving assessments was estimated to 500 patients. With less accuracy than only on-road assessments the NorSDSA with the stipulated cut-off produced a cost benefit of 1,700 €. The NorSDSA resulted in 32% uncertain cases and the certain cases were in 17% in disagreement with the on-road assessment, the gold standard.

Conclusion: It is conceivable and could be recommended to make on-road assessments for all patients with stroke at 3 months follow-up as accuracy is of importance both for patients and society and may save resources in the long run.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 2, no 6, 1054- p., 1054
Keyword [en]
Driving, Cognitive impairment, Screening, Cost effective, NorSDSA, On-road
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Other Medical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-4933OAI: diva2:873684
Available from: 2015-11-24 Created: 2015-11-24 Last updated: 2015-12-01Bibliographically approved

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