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Prevalence and characteristics of driving difficulties in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom combat returnees

Henry L. Lew, MD, PhD, et al.


Figure 1. Population and study respondents to survey of postdeployment driving difficulties. OEF/OIF = Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Veterans who have served in the Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF) conflict are at increased risk of motor vehicle fatality after returning from deployment. In the current study, OIF/OEF veterans were surveyed and asked about how their postdeployment driving abilities compared to predeployment driving abilities. A large majority of respondents indicated that they had experienced more driving difficulties after deployment than they had prior to deployment. The most common change noted was an increase in anger or impatience while driving. Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (both with and without traumatic brain injury) reported experiencing more postdeployment driving difficulties than did those without PTSD.

Volume 48 Number 8, 2011
   Pages 913 — 926


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Lew HL, Kraft M, Pogoda TK, Amick MM, Woods P, Cifu DX. Prevalence and characteristics of driving difficulties in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom combat returnees. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2011; 48(8):913-26.
DOI:10.1682/JRRD.2010.08.0140
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