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Who's Behind the Wheel? Driving With Medically Intractable Epilepsy

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Objectives: To examine driving in the context of people with medically intractable epilepsy, a population generally discouraged from driving. Methods: This study tested the relationship between a comprehensive set of factors and driving among 190 patients with a currently valid driver's license who were being evaluated for epilepsy surgery. Results: Almost one third (32.6%) of the sample reported currently driving. Distributional comparisons by current driving status revealed driving was significantly more prevalent among patients who were employed full-time and those who had not experienced a seizure-related MVA. Conclusions: The decision not to drive in the context of a chronic medical condition is complex and influenced by a myriad of factors such as perceived illness susceptibility and severity.
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Keywords: DRIVING; EPILEPSY; HEALTH BELIEF MODEL; MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2011-07-01

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