Return to driving in the first 6 months of community integration after acquired brain injury

Fleming, Jennifer, Liddle, Jacki, Nalder, Emily, Weir, Nicole and Cornwell, Petrea (2014) Return to driving in the first 6 months of community integration after acquired brain injury. NeuroRehabilitation, 34 1: 157-166. doi:10.3233/NRE-131012

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Author Fleming, Jennifer
Liddle, Jacki
Nalder, Emily
Weir, Nicole
Cornwell, Petrea
Title Return to driving in the first 6 months of community integration after acquired brain injury
Journal name NeuroRehabilitation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1053-8135
Publication date 2014
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3233/NRE-131012
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 34
Issue 1
Start page 157
End page 166
Total pages 10
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publisher I O S Press
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Return to driving is a goal and milestone in the recovery process following acquired brain injury (ABI). Knowledge of whether and when a person is likely to return to driving is important to people with ABI, family members and clinicians.

To determine the rates, timing, correlates, and predictors of return to driving in the first 6 months after discharge from hospital following ABI.

Survey of 212 participants with ABI and 121 family members at discharge and 3 and 6 months later. Participants with ABI were grouped according to driving status (not driving, returned within 3 months, returned within 6 months). Groups were compared on demographics, injury severity, quality of life, functioning, psychosocial integration, depression, and carer well-being.

By 6 months post-discharge 62.3% had resumed driving. Between group differences existed on measures of injury severity, and psychosocial integration at 6 months, and carer depression and strain at discharge and 6 months. Whether and when someone returned to driving could be predicted by length of hospital stay, and level of community integration, and pain at discharge.

Educating clients about their likelihood and timing of return to driving, and supporting non-drivers and their carers may improve psychosocial outcomes.
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Additional Notes Online Date: Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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