Thursday, February 20, 2014

Driving tests for stroke survivors?

I did wonder about driving after my stroke - could I remember where to go and how to get there? Turns out, my fleeting worries about this didn't pan out. However, for many, many stroke survivors, these concerns are too real.

I never took any sort of driving test to make sure my abilities were intact. In fact, a recent study highlighted that many stroke survivors resume driving without testing:
From U.S. Department of Transportation
Researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina found that more than half of the 162 stroke survivors in their study returned to driving following their stroke, with 59 percent of those returning within one month. Less than 6 percent of all stroke survivors received any formal driving evaluation before getting behind the wheel again.
"It's been my experience that even though one of the very first questions stroke patients ask is when they can go back to driving, very few will actually go and get a formal driving evaluation," said study author Dr. Shelly Ozark, an assistant professor of neurology.
"Some of that is the nature of stroke itself," she said. "Even though it can be a devastating illness, some people think if they have no problem walking or seeing, they're not affected. People don't necessarily recognize they have deficits."
For stroke survivors: Was this a concern of yours? And would you be OK taking a test?

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