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The Experiences and Needs of People Who Cease Driving After Stroke

  • Jacki Liddle (a1), Merrill Turpin (a2), Kryss McKenna (a3), Tara Kubus (a4), Sonia Lambley (a5) and Katherine McCaffrey (a6)...

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Driving cessation can result in a range of negative consequences, including impacts on identity, mood, and life satisfaction. The aims of this study were to explore the needs and experiences of people who cease driving following a stroke, with the aim of informing clinical practice. Method: Using a qualitative phenomenological approach, semi-structured, audiotaped interviews were conducted to gain an understanding of the needs and experiences of 24 participants (17 male, 7 female, mean of 5.5 years post driving cessation) who had ceased driving following a stroke. Results: After constant comparative analysis, four themes emerged from the data. These were labelled ‘life without driving’, ‘key times of need’, ‘alternatives and other ways’, and ‘carer support and assistance’. Most participants found stopping driving after their stroke to be a sudden, unexpected and intense experience and raised issues, including the loss of numerous life-roles, challenges associated with arranging alternative transport, and reliance on carers and the need for more information throughout the process. Conclusion: Individuals who cease driving following a stroke have unmet needs and difficult experiences throughout the process. Key times of particular need have been identified in this study. These findings have important implications for health professionals that include providing more information and support with driving cessation and alternatives to driving.

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*Address for correspondence: Dr Jacki Liddle, Division of Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Queensland, Brisbane QLD 4072, Australia.

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