Fitness-to-drive after mild traumatic brain injury: Mapping the time trajectory of recovery in the acute stages post injury
Keywords: Road Trauma/Rehabilitation
EXTENDED ABSTRACT: Mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI) comprise 70–90% of all traumatic brain injuries sustained, often as a result of motor-vehicle crashes. Despite this, there is little evidence to suggest when individuals are safe to return to driving. In this study, two groups of participants were recruited: patients with mTBI and a control group. Both groups were assessed 24 hours post injury on fitnessto-drive assessments. Two weeks post injury, follow-up occurred to establish driver status. This research confirmed that patients with mTBI should not drive for 24 hours. Further research is required to map factors which predict timely return to driving.