Return-to-driving expectations following mild traumatic brain injury

Preece, Megan H. W., Geffen, Gina M. and Horswill, Mark S. (2013) Return-to-driving expectations following mild traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 27 1: 83-91. doi:10.3109/02699052.2012.722260

Author Preece, Megan H. W.
Geffen, Gina M.
Horswill, Mark S.
Title Return-to-driving expectations following mild traumatic brain injury
Journal name Brain Injury   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0269-9052
Publication date 2013-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/02699052.2012.722260
Open Access Status
Volume 27
Issue 1
Start page 83
End page 91
Total pages 9
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Aim: Although individuals recovering from mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) could pose a risk to road safety, little is known about their intentions regarding return-to-driving. Reported are the expectations of a sample of emergency department patients with MTBI regarding their recovery and return-to-driving.

Method: Eighty-one patients with MTBI were recruited from an emergency department. Participants completed an 11-item questionnaire measuring expectations regarding recovery from injury; five of the items addressed return-to-driving.

Results: Only 48% of the sample intended to reduce their driving following their injury. However, those that did intend to reduce their driving nominated a mean duration of 16.59 days (SD = 31.68) of reduced exposure. A logistic regression found that previous head injury experience and an interaction between pain and previous head injury experience predicted intentions to reduce driving. Similarly, a multiple regression revealed that pain level contributed significantly to the variance in time estimates of return-to-driving.

Conclusion: The finding that half the individuals recovering from MTBI do not intend to moderate their driving exposure post-injury is cause for concern, as another study has shown that driving performance is compromised in this group immediately after injury.
Keyword Brain concussion
Mild head injury
Automobile driving
Motor vehicles
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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