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Clinical Practice in Driving Rehabilitation

Stav, Wendy B. PhD, OTR/L, SCDCM; Justiss, Michael D. PhD, OTR; Belchior, Patricia BSOT; Lanford, Desiree N. MOT, OTR/L, CDI

Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation: April-June 2006 - Volume 22 - Issue 2 - p 153–161
Original Article

The purpose of this article is to describe the process of occupational therapy practice in a driving rehabilitation setting. The article focuses on the services delivered by Independence Drive, a University of Florida–affiliated program designed to support safe mobility among older drivers in North and Central Florida. The services offered in this program are described, including the theoretical foundation used in the program, establishment of referral relationships, evaluations, interventions, and a professional training program to increase the capacity of the profession in meeting the needs of older drivers.

Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Florida, Gainesville (Dr Stav and Ms Belchior); Department of Occupational Therapy; Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis (Dr Justiss); and Independence Drive, University of Florida, Gainesville (Ms Lanford).

Corresponding author: Wendy B. Stav, PhD, OTR/L, SCDCM, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Florida, PO Box 100164, Gainsville, FL 32611 (e-mail:

The authors express their appreciation to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the funding support to develop Independence Drive.

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.