Driver Rehabilitation and Community Mobility

Principles and Practice


  • Joseph Pellerito, MS, OTR, Program Director, Associate Professor; Department of Occupational Therapy, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

An emerging practice area for occupational therapists, adapted driving services is becoming increasingly popular as technology and demographics influence demand for these services. Not only does this text provide the tools necessary to effectively evaluate and rehabilitate disabled and aging drivers, it also prepares readers to enter the field by utilizing true-to-life case studies and evidence-based content.
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Book information

  • Published: July 2005
  • Imprint: MOSBY
  • ISBN: 978-0-323-02937-7

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction, History, and the Driver Rehabilitation Team
1. Introduction and Overview
2. Community Mobility and Driving: An Historical Perspective
3. Driving Across the Lifespan: Rites of Passage in American Culture
4. Driver Rehabilitation: Yesterday and Today
5. Roles of the Driver Rehabilitation Team: From Referral to Follow-up

Part II: Measuring Driving Potential before Hitting the road
6. The Adapted Driving Decision Guide
7. The Driver Rehabilitation Clinical Evaluation
Section A: Vision and Hearing Conditions
Section B: Neurologic Conditions
Section C: Orthopedic Conditions
Section D: Psychosocial Conditions
6. Neuropsychology and Driving: Predicting Driver Readiness
7. Medications, Disabilities, and Driving
8. The Impact of Positioning and Mobility Devices on transportation
9. Driving Simulators: Bridging the Divide between the Clinical and On-the-road Evaluations

Part III: Measuring and Improving Driving Performance
12. Adaptive Equipment and Vehicle Configuration
13. On-the-road Evaluation of Driving Performance
Section A: General Principles
Section B: Vision and Hearing Impairments
Section C: Psychosocial Impairments
14. On-the-Road Driver Rehabilitation and Training
15. Documenting the Clinical Evaluation and Driving Performance Outcomes
16. Funding for Driver Rehabilitation Services and Equipment

Part IV. Environmental Factors Impacting Drivers, Passengers, and Pedestrians
17. Universal Design and the Automobile
18. Wheelchairs, Wheelchair Tie-downs, and Occupant Restraints for Improved Safety and Crash Protection
19. Intelligent Transport Systems
20. Designing the External Environment for Safety and Success
21. Driver Rehabilitation for Recreation and Leisure
22. Driving Alternatives: Urban Planning, Mass Transit, Public and Private Transportation

Part V. Professional Ethics and Evidenced-Based Driver Rehabilitation Practice
23. Legal and Professional Ethics in Driver Rehabilitation
24. Research and Evidenced-Based Practice in Driver Rehabilitation
25. Driving Under Stress, Driving After Rehabilitation: Next Generation Neuroimaging and Watching People Think and Improve Performance

Part VI. Professional and Program Development in a Rapidly Evolving Field
26. Driver Rehabilitation Program Development
27. Professional Development for the Driver Rehabilitation Specialist
28. Driver Rehabilitation on the Horizon

Glossary of Terms

Appendix A. Manufacturers of Driver Rehabilitation Products
Appendix B. Driver Rehabilitation Service Providers
Appendix C. State Licensing Requirements and Reporting Laws
Appendix D. CPT codes
Appendix E. Professional Development for the Driver Rehabilitation Specialist
Appendix F. Educational Materials for Clients and Caregivers
Appendix G. Occupational Therapy Practice Framework