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South African Journal of Occupational Therapy

On-line version ISSN 2310-3833
Print version ISSN 0038-2337

Abstract

VAN BILJON, Hester; CASTELEIJN, Daleen; RABOTHATA, Simon  and  DU TOIT, Sanetta HJ. Screening fitness to drive by occupational therapists in Gauteng Public Healthcare - an Action Learning Action Research outcome. S. Afr. j. occup. ther. [online]. 2019, vol.49, n.1, pp.4-11. ISSN 2310-3833.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2310-3833/2019/vol49n1a2.

INTRODUCTION: In South Africa, public healthcare users equate the ability to drive a motor vehicle to employability and access to essential services. When injury or illness threatens the ability to drive, the multi-professional medical team usually refer the problem to the occupational therapist who will make decisions about patients' fitness to drive a motor vehicle. METHOD: Over the course of five years, a collaborative task team applied multiple Action Learning Action Research (ALAR) cycles to address the problem. Qualitative data collected included field notes, reflective journaling, meeting minutes and a survey. RESULTS: ALAR cycles resulted in a user manual and tool to screen driver fitness for occupational therapists. A follow-up survey indicated that despite a low user ratio, clinicians were of the opinion that the screening tool was user-friendly and contextually relevant to their practices CONCLUSION: ALAR was effective in addressing a practice problem and empowering clinicians to develop a structured approach to screen fitness to drive in patients accessing public healthcare. Screening, as a first step within the field of driving rehabilitation, is now available in Gauteng public healthcare.

Keywords : Driving rehabilitation; driving screening; public healthcare; action research action learning.

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