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Occupational therapists´ experiences and clinical reasoning in driving evaluations
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehabilitation.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 80 credits / 120 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Background: Driving is important for clients ́ wellbeing, independence and participation and driving evaluations often involve occupational therapists. The evaluation is complex and established procedures and descriptions of the decision-making process are missing. Aims: To describe the experiences and clinical reasoning of occupational therapists in driving evaluations including on-road test in real traffic. Material and Methods: Qualitative study based on interviews with eight occupational therapists where the simultaneous data collection and analysis followed a constant comparative method with a grounded theory approach. Results: Reasoning of the occupational therapists reflect a consistent strive to understand the clients ́ ability and needs related to safe driving, described by one main category: Striving to include all aspects into the driving evaluation and three subcategories; Understanding driving behaviour, ́Weighting different aspects in relation to risk and Creating and giving fair comprehensible feedback. Conclusions: Occupational therapists meet many challenges in making correct driving evaluations and dealing with clients ́ frustration and need of continued participation. Complexity and a constant shift between client and professional perspective characterize their reasoning. Further education and collegial network exchange is required to ensure quality in client relations, evaluations and interventions related to driving.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 25
Keywords [en]
driving evaluation, clinical reasoning, occupational therapy
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-74519OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-74519DiVA, id: diva2:1324590
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Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
Occupational Therapy, master’s level (120 credits)
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Available from: 2019-06-24 Created: 2019-06-13 Last updated: 2019-06-24Bibliographically approved

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