As many of you following this blog are aware- the pursuit of the "test" for driving competence is ongoing, is not simple and clearly points to no single tool that is universally accepted. The struggle to minimize staff time and the expense associated with specialized testing unavoidably encourages interest in tools promising to be "quick and efficient" . We must understand the limitations of "quick and efficient" and be cautious to not over interpret the results. Decisions about driving competence affect the lives of our clients. The following article, from Canada, may be of interest to programs considering the use of tools such as the computerized DriveAble assessment. Occupational therapy programs need to stay alert to the growing body of research and understand the evidence guiding the interpretation and recommendations based on the results obtained. This article illustrates the complexity.
I am hopeful that this article and articles yet to come will prompt excellent and important discussion!