Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital

Transportation, community mobility and driving rehabilitation

The research unit on transportation mobility is conducting research on issues related to different forms of transportation mobility, including driving, to enable community participation for adults with disability and older adults.  This includes approaches to screening, ecological evaluations, interventions and the impact of the use of different modes of transportation on the health and the engagement in community life for our clients.  The researchers are working in close collaboration with different partners including clinicians and researchers at an international level to develop evidence-based approaches that are clinically relevant.

List of current projects:

Researchers:  Isabelle Gélinas, PhD & Barbara Mazer, PhD

  • A seven-year national prospective cohort study to develop a clinical decision tool to identify older adults who are safe and who are unsafe to drive
  • Development of an ecological approach to evaluating the on-road performance of older adults, the Electronic Driving Observation Schedule (eDOS)
  • Development of a multi-modal intervention for transitioning to driving cessation in clients with cognitive impairments
  • The International expert advisory panel on Community Health and Transport (I-CHaT) to co-ordinate research on transport mobility
  • The evaluation of the Conduite Ergo Dirigée en réadaptation (CEDER)
  • Evaluation of the impact of a driving simulator training program on learning how to use new technical aids for driving      
  • Knowledge translation project on the use of a driving simulator in rehabilitation
  • Electro-mechanic technical aids in adapted vehicles for persons with a disability: status of needs, products and practices in Quebec
  • Driving ability in clients with mental illness 
  • Return to driving after rehabilitation following a traumatic brain injury:  evaluation of driving behaviors and safety
  • From knowledge to action:  measuring the gap between evidence and the current services offered to new drivers with a disability
  • The development of a driving training program and the evaluation approaches for youth with autism spectrum disorder