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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.

Teen Driving Study UF Team Members

Department of Occupational Therapy leads a Project on Training Teen Distracted Drivers

Published: Oct 9th, 2018

Under the leadership of Dr. Sherrilene Classen and Dr. Sandra Winter, and in collaboration with the University of Florida T-2 center, the Department of Occupational Therapy has received a Florida Department of Transportation grant to develop a computer based-training (CBT) program for teens.

photo of Dr. Luther King, Dr. Sherrilene Classen, Mary Jeghers, and Dr. Sandra Winter at ADED conference

OT celebrates a “Triple Hitter” at recent Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED) Conference in Richmond, Virginia

Published: Sep 26th, 2018

The Institute for Mobility, Activity, and Participation delivered an eight-hour pre-conference workshop at ADED. Additionally, Dr. Classen received ADED’s Scholarship Award for her outstanding scientific and leadership contributions to the field.

Evidence Based Indicators of Driving Performance

Published: Sep 17th, 2018

This course starts by providing a background of crash statistics for the U.S and introduce 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 asses an individual’s fitness to drive. These assessments include the Comprehensive Driving Evaluation, which can be subdivided in 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.

UF team members for autonomous vehicle project

UF & UAB’s Phase I Demonstration Study: Older Driver Experiences with Autonomous Vehicle Technology

Published: Sep 11th, 2018

The Department of Occupational Therapy’s Institute for Mobility, Activity, and Participation (I-MAP) team is working in collaboration with the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the City of Gainesville to better understand the perception, values, beliefs and attitudes of drivers 65 years and older as it relates to emerging autonomous vehicle technology.

Dr. Angell and Dr. Mason join UF OT department

OT Welcomes a K-12 Scholar and Postdoctoral Associate

Published: Aug 1st, 2018

The Department of Occupational Therapy welcomes Dr. Amber Angell, research assistant professor, and Dr. Justin Mason, postdoctoral associate.

The University of Florida Occupational Therapy department launched a new driving evaluation and rehabilitation service, SmartDrive.

New service at UF Health helps at-risk motorists assess, improve their driving skills

Published: Jul 25th, 2018

In the state of Florida, nearly 20 percent of the population is age 65 or older. For many, progression in age can mean regression in driving ability. But a new service offered by the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions’ department of occupational therapy aims to give seniors and others a chance to improve their skills behind the wheel.

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Sandra Edwards Colloquium 2019

Published: Jul 18th, 2018

Register now for the 2019 Sandra Edwards Colloquium scheduled for January 26, 2019. The keynote speaker will be Professor Anita Bundy, Department Head in Occupational Therapy at Colorado State University and Professor of Occupational Therapy at the University of Sydney.

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.