Exploration of health perceptions and assistive technology use by driving status as related to transportation independence in New Delhi, India

Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol. 2012 Jul;7(4):314-22. doi: 10.3109/17483107.2011.635328. Epub 2012 Feb 11.


Purpose: This study investigates travel tendencies among people with disabilities and senior citizens in New Delhi, India to reveal relationships between the desire for transportation independence, use of assistive technology for mobility, travel frequency, and satisfaction with available modes of transportation.

Method: Study volunteers received invitations to complete a one-time, three-part questionnaire. The survey included an assessment battery developed by the Quality of Life Technology Engineering Research Center, questions featured in the 2002 National Transportation Availability and Use Survey, and a variation on the PARTS/M and FABS/M questionnaires.

Results: 80 study participants completed the questionnaire, and were grouped according to driving status as No Driving Experience (NDE), Ceased Driving (CD), and Continue To Drive (CTD). Participants in the NDE group were less likely to use transportation more than twice daily. However, the CD group had the lowest perceived value for available transportation options, with transportation use comparable to the CTD group and an enduring desire to continue driving.

Conclusions: Study findings suggest an inner drive for transportation independence. The rise of driving culture internationally presents driver rehabilitation services with challenges due to the need for vehicle modifications and driving assessment using manual transmission automobiles, scooters, and motorcycles.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living / psychology*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Automobile Driving / psychology
  • Automobile Driving / statistics & numerical data*
  • Disabled Persons / psychology
  • Disabled Persons / rehabilitation*
  • Disabled Persons / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Humans
  • India
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Perception*
  • Self-Help Devices / psychology
  • Self-Help Devices / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Transportation / statistics & numerical data*
  • Young Adult