by Savitha C Muppala on  February 22, 2011 at 7:46 PM Research News
 How Do We Determine If People can Drive After a Stroke?
Three simple tests can assist doctors in ascertaining whether recovering stroke patients can drive, which will be a boon to the estimated 8.4 million stroke survivors in the United States.

According to researchers, proper equipment can help patients with even serious motor-skill problems to be able to drive a car; all they will need is an automatic transmission car, an accelerator pedal on the left-side for those whose right-side is affected and a customized steering to enable single hand driving.

Keeping this in mind, researchers conducted several screening tests on patients recovering from stroke. Patients also appeared for on-road driving tests, and out of 1,728 patients, 54 percent passed the tests.

The screening tests do not take more than 15 minutes and are good to find out how the patients would fare on the roads. These tests matched the expectations in actual road driving tests with an accuracy of 80 to 85%.

Source: Medindia

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