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Preliminary findings of a novel measure of driving behaviors in Veterans with comorbid TBI and PTSD

Elizabeth K. Whipple, MS, et al.

Driving difficulties are commonly reported by servicemembers after they return home from combat. Traumatic brain injury (TBI), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), military driver training, riskseeking, and warzone experiences are all theorized to play a role in these driving difficulties. We surveyed 33 Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation New Dawn combat Veterans (10 nondisabled, 23 with TBI/PTSD) to better understand Veterans??? driving experiences following military separation. We found that despite similarities in combat experience and training, drivers with TBI and PTSD reported higher levels of anxiety in response to specific roadside triggers than nondisabled combat Veterans. These data can help focus future Veteran driving rehabilitation efforts.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2015.09.0172

Volume 53 Number 6, 2016
   Pages 827 — 838


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Whipple EK, Schultheis MT, Robinson KM. Preliminary findings of a novel measure of driving behaviors in Veterans with comorbid TBI and PTSD. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2016;53(6): 827–38.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2015.09.0172
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