Screening the Ability to Drive by Occupational Therapists in Gauteng Public Healthcare - an Action Learning Action Research Outcome.

Hester Maria van Biljon, Daleen Casteleijn, Sanetta H.J. du Toit, Simon Rabothata

Abstract


http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2310-3833/2019/vol49n1a2


Introduction: In South Africa, public healthcare users equate the ability to drive a motor vehicle to employability and access to essential services. When injury or illness threatens the ability to drive, the multi-professional medical team usually refer the problem to the occupational therapist who will make decisions about patients’ fitness to drive a motor vehicle.
Method: Over the course of five years, a collaborative task team applied multiple Action Learning Action Research (ALAR) cycles to address the problem. Qualitative data collected included field notes, reflective journaling, meeting minutes and a survey.
Results: ALAR cycles resulted in a user manual and tool to screen driver fitness for occupational therapists. A follow-up survey indicated that despite a low user ratio, clinicians were of the opinion that the screening tool was user-friendly and contextually relevant to their practices.
Conclusion: ALAR was effective in addressing a practice problem and empowering clinicians to develop a structured approach to
screen fitness to drive in patients accessing public healthcare. Screening, as a first step within the field of driving rehabilitation, is now
available in Gauteng public healthcare.

Key words: Driving rehabilitation, driving screening, public healthcare, action research action learning

 

 


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