Life After Stroke : who can drive a car

Life After Stroke : who can drive a car
Just a few simple tests, carried out at the doctor's help to identify among stroke patients, careful driver.Life after a stroke does not necessarily preclude driving.

Many worried driving question after suffering a stroke.Even against the backdrop of the rehabilitation of brain damage resulting in slow motion, which affects the rate of reaction.Road Safety also depends on visual acuity and activity of thought processes, allowing you to quickly and adequately to assess the situation on the road.

Life after stroke and car

majority of patients after stroke again begin to drive a car, although no formal assessment of the risk to the person and others is not carried out.The easiest and most comprehensive way to measure is to test driving skills on the road.It takes 45 minutes and is carried out in the presence of a real car driving instructor or on a computer simulator.However, this test can be expensive and inconvenient for the driver.

Researchers from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) offer

ed a decent alternative.They believe that to evaluate the restoration of driving skills and can be an outpatient basis in the doctor's office.This will decide whether to release the patient on the road in the real world.

test takes only 15 minutes and allow to predict whether a patient will be tested on the road, or he will not succeed.What are the tests suggest the use of Belgian scientists?

  • recognition of road signs will help assess the level of knowledge of traffic rules and visual perception.At the same time the patient is asked to match specific characters and any situation on the road.
  • task for orienteering in the surrounding area studies vision, speed of thinking and attention.
  • test rerouting evaluates visual-motor tracking and visual assessment of the ability to space.For example, the patient is asked to draw a line between letters and numbers.

According to the study, these tests are able to detect unsafe drivers with an accuracy of 80-85%.The patient will most likely fail the exam if outpatient examination the following results were obtained:

  • test road signs: less than 8.5 out of 12;
  • test orienteering: at least 25 out of 32;
  • test route drawing: required to perform more than 90 seconds.

scientists presented their research in the April issue of the journal Neurology International.

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