Authors: Abiodun E Akinwuntan (Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA) , Kelly Baker (Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA) , Michelle Manley (Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA) , Erin McGonegal (Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA) , Christina O'Connor (Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA) , Kendra Phillips (Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA) , Kristen Turchi (Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA)
Evaluations on fitness-to-drive of individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) usually involve the administration of several physical, visual, and cognitive tests. In some instances, a practical road test is also administered. The use of several tests, many of which are only remotely driving-related, increases the time, cost, and human resources involved in the evaluation process, and sometimes lead to erroneous decisions. In this study, we investigated the usefulness of using a short battery of a few highly predictive tests to predict fitness-to-drive of individuals with MS. Fortyfour individuals with relapsing–remitting MS (age = 46 ± 11 years, 37 females) and Expanded Disability Status Scale values between 1 and 7 were administered selected physical, visual and cognitive tests including the Stroke Driver Screening Assessment (SDSA) battery. Performance on 12 cognitive and three visual tests were significantly associated with participants’ performance on a practical road test. The Stroop Color test, Direction, Compass, and Road Sign Recognition tests from the SDSA, and the Speed of Processing test from Useful Field of View test battery together explained 59% of the variance and predicted the pass or fail outcome on the road test with 91% accuracy, 70% sensitivity, and 97% specificity. The five psychometric/off-road tests, which together can be administered in less than 45 minutes, cost approximately $150, and is 91% accurate, can be used as a screening battery. Those who pass should be further tested on-road to finally decide their fitness-to-drive while those of fail should be further evaluated, trained, or advised on alternative transportation means. Future studies are needed to confirm and validate the findings in this study.
How to Cite: Akinwuntan, A. , Baker, K. , Manley, M. , McGonegal, E. , O'Connor, C. , Phillips, K. & Turchi, K. (2013) “Predictors of Driving in Individuals with Relapsing–Remitting Multiple Sclerosis”, Driving Assessment Conference. 7(2013). doi: https://doi.org/10.17077/drivingassessment.1474