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ELDER ROAD USER INFORMATION SYSTEM 2014-2015

PI: Mann, William
Co-PI: Winter, Sandra
Begin Date: October 1, 2014
End Date: September 30, 2015
Sponsoring Agency: FL DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION
Division: SAFETY OFFICE
Agency Contract Number: ARM59

EFFECTIVENESS OF A DRIVING INTERVENTION ON SAFE COMMUNITY MOBILITY FOR RETURNING COMBAT VETERANS

PI: Winter, Sandra
Begin Date: April 15, 2015
End Date: April 14, 2019
Sponsoring Agency: US ARMY
Division: MEDICAL RESEARCH ACQUISITION
Agency Contract Number: W81XWH-15-1-0032

ELDER ROAD USER INFORMATION SYSTEM 2013-2014

PI: Mann, William
Co-PI: Winter, Sandra
Begin Date: October 29, 2013
End Date: September 30, 2014
Sponsoring Agency: FL DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION
Agency Contract Number: AR763

EFFICACY OF A DRIVING PROGRAM ON SAFE COMMUNITY MOBILITY FORCOMBAT VETERANS

PI: Winter, Sandra
Begin Date: September 1, 2011
End Date: March 2, 2016
Award Amount: $1,900,000.00
Sponsoring Agency: US DEPT OF DEFENSE
Agency Contract Number: W81XWH-11-1-0454

Dr. Sandra Winter, a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, and her colleagues Drs. Sherrilene Classen, Charles Levy, Michael Marsiske and Babette Brumback have been awarded a Department of Defense (DOD) grant. This grant is a four year, 1.9 million dollar, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program for the proposal "Effectiveness of a Driving Intervention on Safe Community Mobility for Returning Combat Veterans". This project is based on a 2011 DOD pilot award as part of UF's Florida Trauma Rehabilitation Center for Returning Military Personnel led by the Chair of the OT department, Dr. William Mann.

Over fifty thousand soldiers have been wounded in action in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, many of whom report difficulty with driving post-deployment. In addition, research has established an increased crash risk for this population and the need for evidence-based interventions. Given the importance of driving as a key facilitator of participation and community reintegration, this University of Florida - Veterans Affairs (VA) collaborative study combines the VA's state of the art driving simulation equipment with rehabilitation provided by occupational therapists trained in driver rehabilitation with outreach to VA facilities throughout the North Florida / South Georgia Veterans Health System.

The focus of this work is to determine if the clinical Occupational Therapy Driving Intervention (OT-DI) is effective in reducing Veterans' driving errors and improving their driving fitness. Development of effective interventions for driving fitness has potential to influence occupational therapy practice across military and VA health care settings supporting the health and well-being of our troops as they resume driving in civilian life.

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