Evidence Based Indicators of Driving Performance

Instructor

Sherrilene Classen

Sherrilene Classen PhD

Professor And Chair

Sherrilene Classen, PhD, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA, FGSA is Professor and Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Florida (UF). Dr. Classen, an academic leader, is an internationally funded prevention-oriented rehabilitation scientist with expertise in fitness-to-drive issues in at-risk drivers through the lifespan with content expertise in clinical assessments, driving simulators, on-road assessments, and autonomous vehicles. She has established SmartDriverTM (2017), a clinical driver rehabilitation program at UF, and developed the 14-credit Post-Professional Certificate in Driver Rehabilitation Therapy—with UF being the sole university in the U.S. teaching this program. Dr. Classen applies a public health, rehabilitation science, and clinical perspective to illuminate the depth and breadth of driver rehabilitation as a specialty area. Since 2002, she has received competitive external funding (totaling >$10 million) from U.S. federal agencies, industry, foundations, state departments, and international agencies. She has (co)authored over 170 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and special journal issues; is the editor of a handbook on driving simulation; and has presented over 310 papers at scientific conferences. Dr. Classen, a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association, the Gerontological Society of America, an inductee to the Academy of Research, American Occupational Therapy Foundation, is the Chair of the National Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists Research Committee (2022-2024).

This course starts by providing a background of crash statistics for the U.S. and introduces the concept of crash risk and crash risk reduction. Next, we provide an overview of terminology that is used in the driving literature, specifically related to driving outcomes. The audience is further exposed to a breadth of evidence-based methods and tools to help assess an individual’s fitness to drive. These assessments include the Comprehensive Driving Evaluation, which can be subdivided into clinical assessments, driving simulator assessments, and the on-road assessment. Dr. Classen is synopsizing the factual content in this course from almost two decades of exposure to empirical evidence and best practices –all packaged to enable clinicians to practice from an evidence-based perspective.

Target Audience

Occupational therapy generalists and specialists, driver rehabilitation specialists, driver educators, administrators, and private practice health care professionals.

Educational Level

Introductory: Information is geared to practitioners with little or no knowledge of the subject matter.  Focus is on providing general introductory information.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Conceptualize the crash statistics in the U.S and understand the role of the occupational therapy practitioner in crash risk detection.
  • Operationalize and use driving related terminology to ensure continuity in documentation and reporting practices.
  • Apply the results from evidence-based clinical assessments to at-risk drivers seen in the clinic, to make informed decisions about fitness to drive.
  • Synthesize the importance of using the driving simulator as a valid and reliable tool to assess driving performance.
  • Compare and contrast the benefits and risks of the on-road assessment, as the gold standard for making final fitness to drive decisions.

AOTA Classification Codes

  • Category 1: Domain of OT – Occupation/ IADLs
  • Category 2: Occupational Therapy Process – Approaches to intervention

Completion Requirements

0.1 AOTA CEUs (1 Contact Hour for State of Florida Occupational Therapy practitioners) will be awarded upon a successful completion of a multiple choice post-test. Participants will be able to print a certificate of completion after completing a short course evaluation in addition to the post-test.

Disclosure Statement

Instructors have stated that they have not received funding to support this training.

Instructional Methods

One (1) hour course during which the learner will view a streaming video presentation, reference PowerPoint® slides, and take a multiple choice post-test.