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1 The Occupational Therapy Pre-Driving Clinical Assessment
Judith Joseph, OTR, MA, CDRS TOTA MCC November 6, 2014

2 Objectives Develop an occupational profile that addresses the client’s driving needs. Select specific evidence-based assessments and assessment methods to assist in determining driving readiness. Using the information gathered from the occupational profile, assessments, and goals determine the need to refer client’s to the DRS. Gain knowledge in the laws and agencies in the state of Texas that determine driving fitness to assist OT practitioners in establishing treatment plans and goals.

3 About the speaker Introduced to clinical driving evaluations in 1987
Attended my first ADED conference in 1989? Developed a pre-driving clinical screen and evaluation in 2010 Passed CDRS exam August 2013

4 “So, what are you going to do about driving?”

5 Why should occupational therapist evaluate fitness to drive?

6 Things to consider There are 20 million drivers in the U.S. 70 and older. Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke. 400,000 individuals estimated to have MS. Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson's disease each year, and this number does not reflect the thousands of cases that go undetected. One in four adults−approximately 61.5 million Americans−experiences mental illness in a given year Approximately two million Americans have mild low vision which affects driving and reading.

7 Why Should OT evaluate fitness to drive?
Because driving is an instrumental activity of daily living within the domain of occupational therapy practice. practitioners should be able to accurately determine who is a safe driver, who is at risk for unsafe driving, and who needs further evaluation by a driving rehabilitation specialist (DRS). AOTA Driving and Community Mobility

8 Occupational Therapy Roles
Generalist: general knowledge and understanding of performance and processing skills related to driving. Advanced Training: Further education to evaluate the integration of sub-skills associated with driving and provide specific sub-skill training Specialized Training: Received specialized education, examination, and/or certification. University of Florida

9 What is in our domain of practice?
Musculoskeletal disorders Neurological impairments Cognitive impairment Memory disorders Visual impairments Perceptual impairments Mobility Mental impairment

10 Consider the diagnosis and resulting impairment

11 Medical condition examples
Diagnosis/condition Impairment Risk Sleep apnea TBI CVA Dementia/Alzheimer’s MS Impaired arousal, responsiveness, daytime sleepiness Attention, orientation, visual field Visual, cog, motor, visual field Executive functions Muscle weakness, sensory loss, fatigue, cognitive or perceptual deficits, symptoms of optic neuritis Sherrilene Classen, Miriam Monahan ADED Conference 2013

12 Let’s Start with the law!
Texas MAB

13 Texas Medical Advisory Board (MAB)
The Texas Medical Advisory Board (MAB) for Driver Licensing was established in 1970 to advise the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) in the licensing of persons having medical limitations which might adversely affect driving. Guidelines established using the following: AMA Physician’s Guide for Determining Driver Limitation Driver Fitness Medical Guidelines (NHTSA) The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators

14 Texas Medical Advisory Board/DPS
The ultimate goal is to allow all who can drive safely to do so and to continue to reduce the number and severity of motor vehicle accidents in Texas

15 Functional Ability Profiles
General Debility Cardiovascular disease Syncope Neurological Disorders Psychiatric Disorders Excessive Alcohol use/abuse Drug use/abuse Metabolic Diseases Musculoskeletal Defects Eye Defects Aging Recurrent syncope CVA, Seizures, Dementia MS, Parkinson's, Peripheral neuropathy PTSD DM CP, MD Diplopia, Peripheral vision Visual acuity

16 Where do I start?

17 The Association For Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED)

18 ADED Mission Statement
Promoting excellence in the field of driver rehabilitation in support of safe, independent community mobility

19 ADED Best Practices For The Delivery of Driver Rehabilitation Services
Section 1: Interview/Medical History Section 2: Clinical Visual Assessment Section 3: Clinical Physical Assessment Section 4: Clinical Cognitive Assessment

20 Interview/Medical History
History of Present Illness Past Medical History Determine medical consent Review current medications (side effects) Assess communication status Review driving history License status Driving goals Vehicle availability

21 Clinical Visual Assessment
ADED recommendation Possible Deficits Visual history Visual acuity Field of vision Other visual skills Cataracts, glaucoma, HH, etc. Feinbloom eye chart, BiVaba, Snellen Scatomos, HH Visual short term memory, figure ground, form constancy, visual discrimination, visual scanning skills, High/Low contrast sensitivity

22 Visual Assessments and Observations
biVABA Brain Injury Visual Assessment Battery for Adults The cover test UFOV Useful Field of View Dynavision Motor Free Visual Perception Test (MFVPT) Clock drawing test Trails B Pursuits and Saccades Bumping into walls, furniture, etc. nystagmus Head tilting or position squinting Position of test paper Visual scanning efficiency

23 Clinical Physical Assessment
Range of Motion Strength Grip strength Prehension status Sensation Proprioception Coordination (rapid pace walk) Muscle tone (MAS) Mobility status (TUG) Balance (Berg, Teniti,) Orthotic devices Mobility aids Transfer skills Reaction times (Dynavision)

24 Clinical Cognitive Assessment
Mini Mental State Exam (MMSE) Short Blessed Test Clinical Dementia Rating Scale Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) Maze Navigation Test Single Digit Modality Test (SDMT) Assessment of Motor Processing Skills (AMPS)

25 Case Study 1: CVA 76 y/o male with R MCA infarct, s/p thrombectomy, left hemiparesis, DM-2, HTN, BPH, small tear in left supraspinatus. + multiple falls Poly pharmacy Wants to run errands and drive to any appointments h/o getting lost while driving when blood sugar is uncontrolled Backed into parked car in grocery store parking lot Totaled a vehicle 6-7 years ago Has not driven since onset of stroke

26 Case Study 1 continued: CVA test results
Impaired left peripheral vision +nystagmus Rapid pace walk= 10 sec. Impaired head/neck flexibility Visual closure, mild impairment Trail Making B Test- 111sec. UFOV- unable to complete. Could not see 2nd vehicle Short Blessed=2 Multiple angry outburst during testing

27 Case Study 1: recommendations
Referred to U of H low vision clinic by Neuro-ophthalmologist Complete program at U of H prior to attempting to drive or being referred to CDRS for BWT only after being cleared by Ophthalmologist Consider driving cessation

28 Case Study 2: Parkinson’s Disease
91 y/o male with h/o Parkinson’s Disease, loss of balance, peripheral neuropathy, spinal stenosis, lumbar laminectomy + multiple falls Using walker with seat Last eye exam 2-3 years ago History of falling asleep spontaneously “minor” accident in parking lot when he could not stop in time when another vehicle pulled out in front of him causing a rear end collision Totaled a car 3 yrs ago when he backed out of the driveway Wants to cont. driving without restrictions

29 Case Study 2: Test results
High low contrast sensitivity intact +nystagmus Failed cover test Bells Test 3:57 sec. Trails B test 161 sec. Right ankle strength 2/5, hip/knee strength 3/5 Limited head/neck flexibility Unable to locate 50% items on UFOV Fell asleep during testing Rapid pace walk= 36 sec. Scored 100% on sign recognition, map reading (items on MFVPT)

30 Case Study 2: Recommendations
Patient should not resume driving without a BWT. High risk for having a crash Consider driving cessation

31 Case Study 3: Left Hip fracture
82 y/o female with dx of left hip fx Has trouble looking over her shoulder, difficulty backing up, and has gotten lost while driving Wants to be able to drive to the store, etc. She does not plan on driving on the freeway or at night. She has not driven in 6 months since hip surgery

32 Case Study 3: Test Results
Mild impairment of low contrast vision Mild impairment of working memory Impaired visual closure Trails Making B test: 353 seconds Impaired visual processing speed Impaired UFOV Rapid pace walk- 17 seconds No errors on clock drawing test Impaired head/neck flexibility

33 Case Study 3: Recommendations
Further assessment through BWT Referral to optometrist

34 Case Study 4: MS 57 y/o female diagnosed with MS. Referred due to recent black out. h/o ventricular tachycardia, osteoporosis, cataracts, severe scoliosis + falls Wears built up right shoe for leg length discrepancy and R AFO Gets lost while driving, trouble finding and reading signs in time to respond, feeling tired after driving, had “near misses”, bothered by head light glare, trouble looking over shoulder when backing up. Recently hit a pole at the drive through bank and backed into trash cans at the end of her driveway.

35 Case Study 4: Test Results
Impaired visual acuity20/50 in left eye High low contrast intact No deficits noted with visual closure Trials Making B test 73 seconds Mild deficit with visual processing speed on UFOV Mild deficit with working memory No errors on clock drawing test Rapid pace walk 5.8 seconds Right shoulder flex limited to 90 Limited head/neck flexibility 3+/5 strength in Bil hips, and ankles Became fatigued during test

36 Case Study 4: Recommendations
Begin to seek alternative transportation if deficits worsen Use power chair instead of RW for appointments to conserve energy Do not drive on unfamiliar trips Do not drive when fatigued Consult with MD Referral to PT Referral to CDRS for BWT

37 Case Study 5: Impaired memory
73 year old female with dx of impaired memory. Cataract removal Currently driving Unable to recall last eye exam Had one speeding ticket Wears a hearing aid (not wearing during exam) No falls Admits to getting lost while driving, feels others drive too fast, being stressed out by driving, difficulty at busy intersections, friends will no longer ride with her.

38 Case Study 5: Test Results
20/25 binocular vision Impaired horizontal fixation to right Bells Test: 1:54, 3 errors Rapid pace walk- 6 seconds Scored 14 on the Short Blessed Trials Making B Test 194 seconds Intact visual closure, visual processing speed showed mild deficit

39 Case Study 5: Recommendations
Driving should be restricted at best to her immediate neighborhood, however without being able to control what happens such as weather conditions, and changes in traffic volumes driving cessation may need to be considered. If family insist on pt. continuing to drive a referral to CDRS for BWT should be completed.

40 I am not the decider!


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