Driving rehabilitation programs for older drivers in the United States

Occup Ther Health Care. 2014 Jul;28(3):306-17. doi: 10.3109/07380577.2014.908336.


The objective of this study was to describe the services, referral and reporting practices, and barriers to utilization of driver rehabilitation programs (DRPs) for older drivers. Identified through two national association databases, 204 DRPs completed an online survey. DRP availability varies, with a median of one program per 64,151 older adults (range: 1,006-676,981). The median cost for a complete evaluation was $400; 36% of DRPs reported no third-party reimbursement. Participants thought barriers to DRP use include cost/reimbursement, lack of program awareness, and issues with evaluator training. Models for insurance reimbursement, and increased awareness of program benefits by healthcare providers and older drivers, are needed.

Keywords: Driving evaluation; driving rehabilitation; older driver.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Automobile Driving / standards*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Geriatric Assessment / methods*
  • Humans
  • Occupational Therapy / methods*
  • Program Evaluation
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States