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Research Article  |   June 1991
Ethical Dilemmas in Driver Reeducation
Author Affiliations
  • Carol A. Cook, MOT, OTR, is Adapted Driving Coordinator, Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation, Dallas, Texas
  • Caryl J. Semmler, PhD, OTR, is a Private Practitioner in Pediatrics, 12820 Hillcrest Road, Suite 107, Dallas, Texas 75230. At the time of this study, she was Assistant Professor, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dallas, Texas
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Ethics / Practice
Research Article   |   June 1991
Ethical Dilemmas in Driver Reeducation
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, June 1991, Vol. 45, 517-522. doi:10.5014/ajot.45.6.517
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, June 1991, Vol. 45, 517-522. doi:10.5014/ajot.45.6.517
Abstract

This article illustrates ethical dilemmas faced by therapists who provide driver reeducation. The dilemmas discussed are (a) accepting a wide range of referral sources and client disabilities versus the inability to know enough to anticipate all driver performance errors, (b) the client’s safety versus the client’s right to independence, (c) financial constraints versus advantages of technology, and (d) the reporting of poor driving risk versus client confidentiality. A method for determining one’s pattern of resolving ethical dilemmas is discussed.