Professional Project: Jessica Mevius, OT Graduate Student
For the aging population, one of the most important occupations is maintaining independence through mobility for as long as possible.
Assessment of Driving-Related Skills (ADReS)
This Physician’s Guide to Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers was developed by the American Medical Association in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This guide was originally developed as a tool for physician’s to evaluate their patients, however has now become a resource beyond the MD community. The assessment is especially used by Driver Rehabilitation Specialists.
This test battery consists of performance based tasks that requires about 15 minutes. Areas assessed include:
- Vision – Visual Field & Visual Acuity
- Motor Skills – Ambulation, Range of Motion & Manual Muscle Testing
- Cognition – Clock Drawing Test & Trailmaking Test, Part B
Each assessment is scored individually and suggested recommendations or referrals are given based on performance.5
Where to Obtain
The guide is in PDF format and is chapter 3 of the Physician’s Guide to Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers.
Who is originally responsible for this Tool?
American Medical Association & National Highway Traffic Safety Association in collaboration with many specialists in related fields.