Peggy P. Barco, David B. Carr, Kathleen Rutkoski, Chengjie Xiong, Catherine M. Roe; Interrater Reliability of the Record of Driving Errors (RODE). Am J Occup Ther 2015;69(2):6902350020. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2015.013128
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The Record of Driving Errors (RODE) is a novel standardized tool designed to quantitatively document the specific types of driving errors that occur during a standardized performance-based road test. The purpose of this study was to determine interrater reliability between two occupational therapy driver rehabilitation specialists who quantitatively scored specific driving errors using the RODE in a sample of older adults diagnosed with dementia (n = 24). Intraclass correlation coefficients of major driving error and intervention categories indicated almost perfect agreement between raters. Using raters with adequate training and similar professional backgrounds, it is possible to have good interrater reliability using the RODE on a standardized road test.
With adequate training and objective definitions, it is possible for OT/DRSs to reliably identify driving errors on a standardized performance-based road assessment using the RODE.
Being able to reliably identify the type of driving errors that occur during the road assessment is a beginning step toward identifying the type of occupational therapy–based interventions needed for improving and prolonging driving ability to maintain independence and participation throughout the life span.
Care should be taken when using any complex driving error scoring tool, such as the RODE, to not distract the OT/DRS (in the front passenger seat) from effectively managing safety of the vehicle during the road assessment.
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