Developing a Canadian-specific version of the Fitness-to-Drive Screening Measure©

Published: March 15th, 2016

Category: Peer Reviewed Publications

Classen, S., Alvarez, L., Chen, C., Ferreira, P., Meyer C., & Nywening, A. (2016). Developing a Canadian-specific version of the Fitness-to-Drive Screening Measure©. The Occupational Therapy Journal of Research: Occupation, Participation and Health, 36(2), 82-91.

The Fitness-to-Drive Screening (FTDS) Measure was developed using data from United States and Canada, however, resources and recommendations were initially only tailored to United States users. The purpose of this study was to identify resources and recommendations best suited for the Canadian context using semi-structured interviews with twenty Canadian stakeholders. All interviews were recorded and transcripts were obtained. Team members used interview transcripts to conduct a content analysis, in addition to identifying and quantifying the usage of resources and recommendations by Canadian stakeholders. Results show the barriers to older driver fitness decisions were associated with fear of losing the license, compromising the physician-client relationship, insufficient resources for health care professionals, and insufficient alternative transportation. Recommendations from Canadian stakeholders were integrated into a Canadian version of the FTDS, which may better serve Canadian drivers, care givers, and health professionals.