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

Beyene, NM and Steinfeld, A and Pearlman, J and Cooper, RA (2012) Exploration of health perceptions and assistive technology use by driving status as related to transportation independence in New Delhi, India. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 7 (4). 314 - 322. ISSN 1748-3107

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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. © 2012 Informa UK, Ltd.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Beyene, NMnmb32@pitt.eduNMB32
Steinfeld, A
Pearlman, Jjpearlman@pitt.eduJLP460000-0003-0830-9136
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Date: 1 July 2012
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology
Volume: 7
Number: 4
Page Range: 314 - 322
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.3109/17483107.2011.635328
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Rehabilitation Science and Technology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1748-3107
PubMed ID: 22324852
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2012 14:25
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 14:56


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