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“… my life is so inhibited by the fact that I am unable to drive…” A study examining the effect of epilepsy on driving

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dc.contributor.advisor Buckley, Sherrie Sullivan, Clare 2013-06-13T13:48:21Z 2013-06-13T13:48:21Z 2012
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Driving is a job, a hobby and a form of transport that enables occupation. It is both an occupation and an occupation enabler. This study investigated the impact of the inability to drive due to epilepsy on community mobility and occupational participation. Data was collected through an internet based survey. Quantitative data was analysed using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) and content analysis was used with qualitative data. Brainwave, the Irish Epilepsy Association acted as gatekeeper. The survey received 95 eligible participants. When unable to drive, the main mode of transport was lifts from friends and relatives. Participants did also use public transport more than the general population. As a result people experienced restricted access to places, had to give up activities, had a reduced quality of life and a lowered self perception. Significantly more men than women felt that driving cessation had a negative impact on romantic relationships (p=0.024). Significantly more people diagnosed in adulthood than those diagnosed in childhood felt that driving cessation negatively impacted both the cost of transport (p=0.035) and their quality of life (p=0.029). The role of occupational therapy in the area of driving and community mobility was identified. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject epilepsy en_US
dc.subject occupational therapy en_US
dc.subject community mobility en_US
dc.subject driving en_US
dc.title “… my life is so inhibited by the fact that I am unable to drive…” A study examining the effect of epilepsy on driving en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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