Supporting safe driving with arthritis: Developing a driving toolkit for clinical practice and consumer use

  • Vrkljan B
  • Cranney A
  • Worswick J
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Abstract

We conducted a series of focus groups to explore the information needs of clinicians and consumers related to arthritis and driving. An open coding analysis identified common themes across both consumer and clinician-based focus groups that underscored the importance of addressing driving-related concerns and the challenges associated with assessing safety. The results revealed that although driving is critical for maintaining independence and community mobility, drivers with arthritis experience several problems that can affect safe operation of a motor vehicle. Findings from this study are part of a broader research initiative that will inform the development of the Arthritis and Driving toolkit. This toolkit outlines strategies to support safe mobility for people with arthritis and will be an important resource in the coming years given the aging population.

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  • Arthritis
  • Automobile driving
  • Health education
  • Risks
  • Safety

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Authors

  • Brenda H. Vrkljan

  • Ann Cranney

  • Julia Worswick

  • Siobhan O'Donnell

  • Linda C. Li

  • Isabelle Gélinas

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