Award Date

May 2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Occupational Therapy Doctorate


Brain Health

First Committee Member

Donnamarie Krause

Second Committee Member

Jefferson Kinney

Number of Pages



Driving is an important daily activity that often goes unnoticed, yet it enables individuals to engage in crucial tasks such as grocery shopping, going to work, and participating in social activities. Occupational therapy (OT) practitioners must recognize and address the significance of driving in their daily routines to promote clients' independence and fulfillment. However, despite being well-equipped to assist clients with driving-related issues, many practitioners avoid or neglect this area of occupation. A reluctance to addressing driving and community mobility (DCM) can arise from a lack of confidence, available resources, support, or fear of losing a client's trust. These barriers can be traced back to insufficient education on OT’s role in DCM. By enhancing awareness and comprehension of the importance of addressing driving in OT, we can ensure that clients receive comprehensive support to lead independent and fulfilling lives.The goal of this doctoral capstone was to assess the impact of an online education program titled OT's Role with Driving on the perceived knowledge and confidence of OT practitioners in addressing their client's DCM concerns. The study aimed to explore the research question: As measured by self-report, can an online education program enhance the generalist occupational therapy practitioners' self-perceived knowledge and confidence in occupational therapy’s role in driving and community mobility? The author hypothesized that the OT practitioners who participated in the program would report higher levels of knowledge and confidence in DCM after completing the online education program.


Continuing Education; Driving and Community Mobility; Education program; Generalist; Occupational therapy; Survey


Occupational Therapy

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852 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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