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Use of Fitness to Drive Screening Tool

Published: Dec 10th, 2018

To enable family members or friends, in the USA and Canada, to detect at-risk older drivers, Dr. Classen and colleagues, developed and tested the Fitness-to-Drive Screening Measure (FTDS), a user friendly on-line tool http://fitnesstodrive.phhp.ufl.edu/. Family members, caregivers, or friends who had driven with the driver in the last three months, may rate the drivers’ difficulties by completing 54 screening questions. After completing the questions a keyform, or rating profile, of each driver is produced which includes a classification of the driver into one of three categories: at-risk driver, routine driver, or accomplished driver. Based on the specific driver category, recommendations– the logical next steps for family members, friends or clinicians– are suggested for each driver. These recommendations entail guidelines for continued fitness to drive, seeking interventions, or starting conversations about stopping driving. The FTDS has been translated into Japanese and Korean with demonstrated psychometric support for the Korean version. A shorter version has been developed (32 items) with excellent predictive validity of fitness to drive outcomes. This course will discuss each of these core activities and apply content information to an actual case study.

Life Care Planning

Published: Jul 1st, 2018

In this course, the author provides an overview of life care planning as a case management tool for occupational therapy practitioners as well as other rehabilitation professionals. Definitions and roles for life care planning are included. The training also includes an overview of the methodology associated with life care planning practice.

Using the SAFE Framework to Facilitate a Safety Culture

Published: Jun 19th, 2018

Based on the People-Environment-Occupation-Performance (PEOP) Model and evidence-based human factors principles, the SAFE framework offers a structured approach to clinically reason a safe practice routine for students and practitioners. This course presents the background of the program and the critical reasoning framework itself. It describes how teaching methodology based in adult learning theory was used to positively change safety behaviors and facilitate culture change. Results from the program outcomes study are reviewed.

Case Management: An Introduction for Rehabilitation Professionals

Published: Jun 1st, 2018

In this course, the author author provides an overview of the case management. Definitions and roles among health professionals are included. The training also includes the types funding supporting case management and why rehabilitation professionals make great case managers.

The Fitness to Drive Screening Measure: Case Studies

Published: May 10th, 2018

The Fitness to Drive Screening Measure (FTDS) is a web-based questionnaire for screening senior drivers who are potentially at-risk. The FTDS is completed by a family member or caregiver of the senior driver. The results of the FTDS provide recommendations for the next steps as well as resources. However, occupational therapists who are generalists or specialists in driving rehabilitation can also use the results of the FTDS to better manage their client’s plan of care. This presentation will provide participants with an overview of the FTDS development and application. Through case studies, participants will learn how to analyze the FTDS results with clinical findings to inform their decisions about whether an on-road assessment is necessary. Participants will also learn how to use the FTDS key form results to compliment the on-road assessment and as such providing a more comprehensive treatment plan and recommendations.

Driving Cessation and Alternative Transportation: The Challenges and Opportunities

Published: May 10th, 2018

Occupational therapists and other healthcare professionals play an important role in helping seniors adjust to driving cessation and use of alternative transportation. This presentation provides foundational knowledge about driving and the use of alternative transportation among seniors in North America. Participants will learn about assessment and intervention tools that can be used to assist seniors transitioning to alternative transportation. Through the presentation and observation of a role play, participants will learn about key strategies to use when having these potentially challenging conversations with seniors.

Driving Rehabilitation: Considerations for Private Practice

Published: May 1st, 2018

This course is designed for the healthcare professional who has experience in driving rehabilitation and is considering starting a private practice. The presenter provides an overview of information that needs to be gathered in order to make an informed decision about pursuing private practice. Participants will learn about business tools and strategies to guide their decision. In addition, the course includes a spreadsheet to create a financial plan for a driving rehabilitation practice.

Drive Focus: A Driving Intervention Tool

Published: May 1st, 2018

This course will provide an overview of the development and use of a driving intervention tool, Drive Focus. The presenter will describe the tool’s evolution from an experience with a driving rehabilitation client to a visual-cognitive training application for driving. Participants will learn of the usability and efficacy studies that have been completed with the tool. In addition, participants will learn how Drive Focus may be used with clients in an in-patient, out-patient, or driving rehabilitation practice setting.

Case Study: Driving and Parkinson’s Disease

Published: Apr 12th, 2018

Through a case study, this course will provide an example of a comprehensive driving evaluation for an individual with Parkinson’s disease. Participants will learn how to utilize clinical findings to interpret on road driving performance while taking into account the individual’s context and environment when making fitness to drive recommendations. In addition, participants will be introduced to intervention strategies that may support individuals with Parkinson’s disease to continue to drive.

Case Study of Driving Readiness: Comparing a Teen with ADHD/ASD to a Healthy Control

Published: Apr 6th, 2018

In this course, readiness to drive is assessed for a teen with a dual diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) compared to a healthy control, using indicators such as medical history, clinical testing, life skills, and simulated driving performance results. Using this case study and a decision tree, the presenter interprets how these indicators can guide a therapist to determine readiness for driving. The course also explores how to prepare teens, not yet ready to drive, for independence in community mobility and future driving.