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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.

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.

MOT students present research on driving safety

Published: Jan 31st, 2014

Kiah Brown, Stephanie Hernandez, and Megan Shanahan became part of the Institute for Mobility, Activity and Participation (I-MAP) as part of the Health Science Honors Program at the University of […]

Webinar + CEUs: Fitness-to-Drive Screening (FTDS) Measure for At-Risk Older Drivers

Published: May 20th, 2013

This 2.5 hour Webinar will be presented by Dr. Sherrilene Classen at the University of Florida from 6:30 – 9:00 pm. You may attend this session live at the University […]

UF develops online screening tool to help caregivers identify at-risk older drivers

Published: Mar 27th, 2013